Invasion of the Cassowaries

Passions run high in an Australian town: Should the endangered birds be feared—or fed?

The Cassowary bird at Lahore Zoo. (Olivier Matthys / epa / Corbis)
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At the rehab center, Rocky retreated back into the shadows. He has made a full recovery after his encounter with the dog. Adult male cassowaries will adopt orphaned chicks, and Garrad hoped to find a surrogate dad in the wild that would rear Rocky. Garrad said it's sometimes hard to send the little ones off to an uncertain fate, but the best thing for wildlife is to return to the wild.

Brendan Borrell is based in Brooklyn.


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