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Saturday, April 02, 2016

Death by BIRD


I am participating in the Blogging from A-Z Challenge again this year. What is this mysterious blogging challenge you ask? Arlee Bird from Tossing it Out came up with this fantastic idea where bloggers post using consecutive letters of the alphabet for 26 days in April. It grew in numbers, and Arlee now has many helpers. 

Odd deaths happen, right? It’s sort of like being at the right place at the right wrong time. My A-Z 2016 blogging journey takes us down the road of Death by Oddity. Come join me.

B = Death by BIRD 

In 1926, Phillip McClean and his younger brother decided to club a Cassowary to death. A relative of the emu, the Cassowary has sharp talons and will fight back when necessary. In this case, the Cassowary kicked back at the sixteen-year-old McClean, gashing his neck. It was believed that the bird severed the boy's jugular vein. “Cassowaries are very shy, but when provoked they are capable of inflicting injuries, occasionally fatal, to dogs and people.” (Wikipedia) Source

Here birdie, birdie. Never mind.
     Ever met a Cassowary? Want to meet a Cassowary?

17 comments:

  1. If I ever meet one, I'd be sure to keep a healthy distance from it!

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  2. Having seen Cassowaries on the tv - I'd love to see one in real life - but I think I'll keep clear ...

    Your deaths by oddities ... great idea! Cheers Hilary

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  3. Just because it can't fly doesn't mean it's a helpless bird.

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  4. Damn, I guess never bug them. Cats better stay away too.

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  5. Cassowaries are potentially dangerous birds - I've seen emus in Australia - which are also potentially dangerous!

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  6. Pretty sure these big flightless birds are ancestor of dinosaurs. So better to leave them alone.

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  7. Is it only me that thinks serves him right? He started it when all is said and done.

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  8. Now this is a deserving A to Z topic - informative, educational and to some degree (possibly) entertaining.

    Thank you so much :)

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  9. Can't help but think the kid got his comeuppance. Instant karma in action.

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  10. This has to be one of the strangest story I've ever heard! I'm not surprised that a teenager would try to kill a bird--violence among teens does seem to be increasing--but to take on a creature of that size? It sounds like it probably has talons the size of a Bald Eagle, which are like knives, and Emus are huge, so...ick, wow, and something about this story makes me want to say "Go bird!"

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  11. I love this theme, and am completely grossed out by it at the same time. I can hardly wait for the next installment. :-)

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  12. Have never heard of a Cassowary until this. But, now I will know, if I ever do run upon one, to give it some space for I will not know what kind of mood it may be in. LOL!

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  13. Yea for the bird. Sorry for the teenager and his family, but not nice to club a bird to death, especially one large enough to fight back. I can't resist following such an interesting topic. We've all got to go somehow.
    www.lorihenriksen.com/blog My theme is Women in the 1930s. Hope you can stop by.

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  14. Am I horrible for thinking the kid was nuts? Really kill something for fun? Sounds nuts to me.

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  15. Am I horrible for thinking the kid was nuts? Really kill something for fun? Sounds nuts to me.

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  16. Normally, we look at birds as being such gentle creatures...bet they never saw that one coming.
    Writer In Transit

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