A carpenter was given the shock of his life when the world’s most dangerous bird wandered into his workshop.
Tony Fleming had been working on timber furniture when a Cassowary walked into his shed at Julatten, north Queensland.
‘Over a period of a year or so the Cassowary would wander around my property, chewing up plums and whatever it feeds on,’ he said.
‘Then one day it just meandered into my shed.’
A carpenter was given the shock of his life when the world’s most dangerous bird wandered into his workshop
Cassowaries are considered to be the deadliest bird in the world despite their extremely shy nature.
They can stand as tall as 1.8metres and weigh up to 70 kilograms. Their legs can deliver powerful kicks and their claws grow as long as 10 centimetres.
Mr Fleming said that he was alarmed at first, but quickly realised the bird just wanted to inspect his shed.
‘I had friends down the road who had never seen the Cassowary,’ he said. ‘One of them was a photographer so they came around and took a photo.’
The Cassowary was well known around town and even wandered into the local pub on occasion.
‘My wife was having her 50th birthday celebration and there were a heap of campers on our property,’ Mr Fleming said.
Tony Fleming had been working on timber furniture when a Cassowary walked into his shed at Julatten, north Queensland
‘We woke up in the morning and found it wandering around the campsite and everyone was feeding it like a pet.’
The Cassowary was so well liked it even earned the nickname ‘Romper Stomper’.
Mr Fleming admitted ‘Romper Stomper’ did have an aggressive side and did not get along with all the locals.
‘A guy at the local pub had been attacked,’ he said. ‘He was wandering down the road and this thing came for him. He survived. He was all right.’