Cassowary Facts – The World’s Most Dangerous Bird

Most cassowaries will not attack unless they are provoked and feel threatened. They have been known to attack when expecting to be given food. Most of the time however, it is simply when humans attempt to get too close and the bird feels threatened and therefore feels it needs to use self-defence. Many humans who work with cassowaries or protecting them believe the birds to be very peaceful animals who just want their own space and to be respected.

Cassowaries have also been known to attack dogs unprovoked. They also have been known to break doors and windows by pecking with their beak.

Christopher Kofron completed a study in 1999 on 221 cases of cassowary attacks. 7 of those attacks were territorial attacks with humans, 32 were defensive with the cassowary protecting eggs or chicks. A huge 109 attacks were because humans had given the cassowaries food and then when this was stopped the cassowary became agitated.

The cassowary can be found in New Guinea and north-eastern parts of Australia. The cassowary plays a huge part in the rainforests in north Australia. It helps to spread seeds for the plants. They are fruit-eating birds; therefore, some seeds pass through them undigested and they can help to germinate the rainforests. These seeds are sometimes moved up to half a mile. This is a great advantage to the plants and trees in the area. Some of these trees have large fruits that other animals cannot carry so to some of the trees the cassowary is its lifeline. The bird does supplement its diet with small animals, insects and frogs.

Cassowaries live long lives. They generally live twelve to nineteen years in the wild and up to fifty in captivity. The females are larger and generally stronger than the males. However, the females are not the one to look and rear the young. Much like a penguin, the male incubates the egg for up to fifty days. They then look after the chick for up to nine months after it is born.

The cassowary in Australia is listed as endangered. It is estimated that there are up to 2,000 left. The cassowary originally had no natural predators in the area. However, as humans have settled nearby dogs and cats often kill their young, nearby roads with passing cars have run over quite a few of these birds. The cassowary’s numbers of dwindling and due to the fact cassowaries are solitary birds it is hard for people to be able to estimate to a correct degree the number of cassowaries left in the wild, and therefore how endangered they are. The rainforests are also being cut down due timber, banana and other plantations. This does not help the bird as it is losing its habitat.

You may be wondering how the cassowary bird got given its unusual name. there are currently two explanations for this. One explanation is that it is based on the French word ‘casque’ which means helmet. The second explanation is that it comes from the Papuan language, ‘kasu’ meaning horned and ‘weri’ meaning head. Since the birds come from Papua New Guinea it seems more likely for the second explanation to be true.

There are lots of discussions as to whether the cassowary is related to the dinosaur. It has a very similar body shape, such as the casque on its head, it has scaly legs and is brightly coloured. It is probable that the cassowary was related to the dinosaurs however scientists are sceptical to say any modern animal is a dinosaur.

The cassowary is a very under-rated bird. It is a beautiful peace loving bird whose home and life is being taken away from them by human activity. Is it really the world’s most dangerous bird?

How Much Would Darth Vader’s Suit Cost?

It’s difficult to forget the character of Darth Vader, even if you’ve never seen the Star Wars movies. He’s scary, cool and memorable, mainly due to his unique outfit. He first appeared in the original 1977 Star Wars movie ‘A New Hope’, but his iconic suit has been a favorite for generations.

While we often see cheap knock-off Darth Vader outfits worn at costume parties by both adults and children, the real outfit would be much more difficult (and way more expensive!) to get your hands on. To make this suit in real life, it would cost a staggering $18.3 million, but which parts were the most expensive?

This fun infographic will definitely please any Star Wars fans as well as just about anybody who’s interested in finding out the sheer cost of this iconic and unforgettable suit.

How Much Would Darth Vader's Suit Cost Infographic

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25 Fun Facts About Donkey Kong

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In the world of arcade games and video game history in general, the gorilla is known worldwide as one of the true originals. I myself am slightly too young to have played Donkey Kong, or “DK” as it’s known, in the arcades but did have the pleasure of playing it on the Nintendo 64 and then on all subsequent consoles including my personal favorite Donkey Kong Land.

Here were going to go through 25 facts about the Donkey Kong series.

  1. Donkey Kong was the first game to tell a story via cut scenes, something almost every game does today.
  2. In 1994, Donkey Kong Country became the bestselling Nintendo game not bundled with the console.
  3. If Donkey Kong is left alone for too long in the Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D he’ll break out a DS-like device and start playing a game that uses the original Donkey Kong sound effects.
  4. Donkey Kong’s movements are based on those of a horse, not a Gorilla as the developers thought the Gorillas moves weren’t up to scratch.
  5. EnGuarde the Swordfish, Squawks the Parrot and Rattly the Rattlesnake are 3 of the 11 animal characters who appear in Donkey Kong Country.
  6. Donkey Kong first hit arcades on July 9th 1981, making DK 36 years old.
  7. Mario is actually Donkey Kong’s abusive owner and is the villain of the game series. In Donkey Kong Jr. Mario is keeping Donkey Kong caged up.
  8. In 2008, Don Hodges found an Easter egg buried in the depths of Atari 400’s Donkey Kong that displays the coder Landon M Dyer’s name on the credits screen after a series of actions are completed.
  9. Donkey Kong 64 has the world record for the most in-game collectibles of any game today with a total of 3821.
  10. Mario’s princess in Donkey Kong isn’t that of Super Mario’s Princess Peach. She’s called Pauline or “the lady”. Pauline is based on the woman in the King Kong films.
  11. Nintendo trademarked the phrase “it’s on like Donkey Kong” in 2001 after appearing in Ice Cubes “Now I Gotta Wet’Cha” hit.
  12. There are over 35 different versions of Donkey Kong including Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat as well as collaborations with other characters like Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars.
  13. Donkey Kong’s TV show ‘Donkey Kong Country‘, based on the SNES classic, Aired in France and the US in 1997 and 1998 respectively, lasted 2 seasons with 40 episodes.
  14. Donkey Kong made his film debut in the 2015 blockbuster ‘Pixels‘, acting as Adam Sandler and crew’s biggest enemy.
  15. Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of the game franchise, hated Donkey Kong Country so much that he publicly said “Donkey Kong Country proves that players will put up with mediocre gameplay as the art is good”.
  16. Donkey Kong has had 5 developers in its day including Rare, Paon, Retro Studios, Namco and of course the heroes over at Nintendo.
  17. Donkey Kong was initially pitched as a boxing game called Donkey Kong Country with a new 3D visuals style, the creators Rare pitched the idea to Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda and they gave the nod to create a game with this style of graphics. Donkey Kong, 15 years later, appeared in Punch-Out!! For the Wii as an unlockable character.
  18. The name “Donkey Kong” comes from a mash-up of “King-Kong”- a Japanese phrase used across the country for a gorilla, and the first English word creator Miyamoto found to describe “Stubborn and dumb”.
  19. In 1982, Universal sued Nintendo over the use of Donkey Kong as it was too similar to their film King Kong. ‘King Kong‘ however was already in the public domain years ago and this meant the case was dropped with Universal having to pay Nintendo’s legal fees.
  20. Manky Kong, the villain, is the only “Kong” not to be part of the Donkey Kong family.
  21. Donkey Kong Racing, Diddy Kong Pilot and Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers are the names of the 3 Donkey Kong games that were cancelled.
  22. Donkey Kong’s 1981 Nintendo arcade version holds the record of being the first platform game.
  23. Since the Nintendo 64 days, Donkey Kong has been a playable character in almost every Mario sports game.
  24. The Donkey Kong franchise worldwide has sold over 40 million units.
  25. In the early Donkey Kong game, well-known Mario was actually called Jumpman.

So there we have it, the iconic gorilla has taken the world by storm appearing in dozens of games and selling millions of units and is still one of the gaming heavyweights. Whatever Nintendo create next I can almost certainly say that Donkey Kong will appear somewhere, maybe in his own game or simply a playable character and I for one cannot wait for the day where you can take control of the Mario-hating ape.

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Dan Lewis is a Welsh speaker. He has been in the tech sector for about 5 years and is qualified in most areas including networking, hardware, software and support. Enjoys writing about anything techy, nerdy or otherwise factually interesting.