Floriduh man killed by Australian bird..in Florida

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Is there anything in Oz that isn't poisonous?
Yeah there are some.

Cassowaries eat the fruit of this plant and propagate it through the forest. Nice of them to do that hey?

Watch the end of this to see it hit him, more shock than poison. But that was only the first few minutes of his problems.

 

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My favourite story about stinging trees is the one about the placement of one at a North Queensland Railway Station. Might have been Kuranda in the 1950's.

After numerous requests from tourists they put one there with a wire guard and a sign identifying it and "Danger, do not touch!" so that people knew what not to go near. You can see where this is going ... people reached in and touched it! Then it had to be removed after letters of complaint about how irresponsible it was to place such "a brute of a plant" where tourists went! Funni as.

So yeah, do not run through the rain forest.

P.S. Took the grandkids for a swim in a local rocky pool in the National Park forest. Got out of the car as as they were getting their floaties and towels out of the back, I saw one of these things about 3m from the edge of the carpark, just a 1.5m one, minding it's own business. The last thing you do is tell small inquisitive children not to touch something!
 

boomer

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Forgot to mention ... running through or being in the forest where Cassowaries live has other risks like these things, that happen to prefer growing in openings in the forest canopy where someone being chased by a Cassowary might run.

There are some growing not far from my place. You might prefer to take your chances with the bird, that may just lose interest in you. Do you want some seeds?

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Gympie-Gympie stinging tree history


"North Queensland road surveyor A.C. Macmillan was among the first to document the effects of a stinging tree, reporting to his boss in 1866 that his packhorse “was stung, got mad, and died within two hours”. Similar tales abound in local folklore of horses jumping in agony off cliffs and forestry workers drinking themselves silly to dull the intractable pain.

Writing to Marina in 1994, Australian ex-serviceman Cyril Bromley described falling into a stinging tree during military training on the tableland in World War II. Strapped to a hospital bed for three weeks and administered all manner of unsuccessful treatments, he was sent “as mad as a cut snake” by the pain. Cyril also told of an officer shooting himself after using a stinging-tree leaf for “toilet purposes”."
Do you know anyone who does anything other then walk through a forest. When we walk through the forest and there's things that can eat you, having a large walking stick is wise.
 
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boomer

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I only watched it once and not going to do it again, but from memory ...

It said to run into the open and the bird will not follow. Yeah right. You have to turn your back on it to do that. The bird can run faster than most people and if you trip it could make things worse.

It said to bring fruit! Yeah right! Just how much fruit? What happens when it wants more? Best not to have any food on or near you.

Best to never take you eye off it, back away slowly and find a big stick to make you look bigger and taller.
Note the girl lying on the sand at the beach, and the girl turning her back on the bird.

I don't feed animals other then our own domesticated animals - ever.

Standing one's ground and carrying a big hiking stick or even a hiking stick/spear makes sense.
 

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Seriously. Stay safe, stay in the city.
I wonder if one took 100,000 people from an Australian city and set them loose wandering in a northern rain forest, how many would be in ER by the end of the day? :D
 

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start with feeding wild animals , move on to running , good luck that they'll magicially stop at the road , crap vid .

Yes , I have seen them in the wild .
Yes of course, we never feed wild animals - ever, and we don't run from wild animals - ever.
 

boomer

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Seriously. Stay safe, stay in the city.
I wonder if one took 100,000 people from an Australian city and set them loose wandering in a northern rain forest, how many would be in ER by the end of the day? :D
We don't like living anywhere near cities. We live in the country, right on the edge of the woods and all manner of wild animals from bear to cougar to raccoons to badger traverse the old road on the south side of our property. We respect them and keep our distance and expect them to do the same. Occasionally a bear will try and suckle from a hummingbird feeder, or a coyote will try to take a cat or small dog for a meal, or a racoon will try and drown a goose in the pond - but if they try the later, we sick a dog on them, if that doesn't work or they prove problematic, my wife will put a large dog on them and scare them off. If they kill one of our domesticated animals, my wife or one of the neighbors will track them down and put them down. I just don't want them killing coyotes, because coyotes respond to killings in their pack to breeding massively, and increasing their pack size.
 

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Do you know anyone who does anything other then walk through a forest. When we walk through the forest and there's things that can eat you, having a large walking stick is wise.

Yes I do know people who run through forests. Sports runners, kids playing and trail bike and horse riders ... people taking advice from videos and running from Cassowaries.

But you still refuse to conceed that the video is irresponsible.
 

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Yes I do know people who run through forests. Sports runners, kids playing and trail bike and horse riders ... people taking advice from videos and running from Cassowaries.

But you still refuse to conceed that the video is irresponsible.
Does it matter - do you think the video should be taken down? Do you think people take advice from this video, if they, like you and MId obviously, and fellow Aussies know better?

Perhaps you should petition Youtube to take it down?
 

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Does it matter - do you think the video should be taken down? Do you think people take advice from this video, if they, like you and MId obviously, and fellow Aussies know better?

Perhaps you should petition Youtube to take it down?

If it does not matter, why did you post it? Careful now, don't admit anything.
 

boomer

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Pay attention gramps, you're getting slow old man - I just admitted to several things.

How about if we just take the video down here, so that anyone without half a brain, doesn't try to feed the bird.
 

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Pay attention gramps, you're getting slow old man - I just admitted to several things.

How about if we just take the video down here, so that anyone without half a brain, doesn't try to feed the bird.
You posted it. Did take more than half a brain to do that.
 

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