Cassowary warning sign beside a road on the Atherton Tablelands.
Cassowary warning sign beside a road on the Atherton Tablelands. Alf Wilson

Beware the cassowary crossing the road

REPORTS have made their way to Truckin' in the Tropics from truckies who travel the El Arish to Mission Beach Hwy in the far north about a cassowary and its chicks regularly walking across the road.

The sightings have been just on dark which makes seeing the cassowaries much more difficult.

Tropics can recall travelling the Bruce Hwy near Tully a few years back when a cassowary held up traffic.

It stood in the middle of the road for several minutes holding up vehicles, including numerous trucks.

Nobody seemed to mind though as they got a look at one of these magnificent birds which frequent rainforest areas in north Queensland and are usually shy.

Humans are advised not to get too close to cassowaries, especially when they have young ones.

Cassowaries have three-toed feet with incredibly sharp claws. The second toe, the inner one in the medial position, sports a dagger-like claw that can be 125mm in length and is said to be like a nail.

These mighty birds can be found in rainforest areas including on the Atherton Tablelands.

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