Cassowary chases wildlife rangers at Wuthathi Country on Northern Cape York Peninsula


Terrifying moment an ‘evil’ cassowary goes on a violent rampage and chases down a group of blokes on a quad bike – before they escape its deadly dagger-like claws

  • Group of wildlife rangers captured moment cassowary chased after them
  • They were inspecting Wuthathi Country track on Northern Cape York Peninsula 
  • Dangerous bird then came from behind and chased them on their quad bikes 
  • Cassowaries are the world’s most dangerous bird with a four-inch, dagger-like claw on each foot 

A group of wildlife rangers captured the heart-stopping moment they were chased by an angry cassowary.

The wildlife rangers were riding quad bikes as they conducted track inspections along Wuthathi Country on the Northern Cape York Peninsula, in Queensland.

A territorial cassowary then began to give chase charging after them at full speed for hundreds of metres.

Video showed the cassowary coming within metres of the quad bike as the vehicle sped away down the track.

A wildlife ranger manages to take a photo of the cassowary after being chased by the animal

The animal ducks under tree branches and runs at full speed and doesn’t appear to slow down throughout the entire chase.   

Cameron Wilson said he was the first one on his team to encounter the cassowary.

He was driving his quad bike ahead of the other wildlife rangers when he felt an uneasy presence creep up behind him. 

He turned around and spotted a cassowary chasing after him at full speed. 

His quad bike hit an embankment and Mr Wilson stared down the cassowary for a good eight minutes before fellow ranger Clayton Enoch pulled up. 

‘Cam was waving at me to slow down and I was like, ‘What for?’ Mr Enoch told Australian Rural and Regional News.

‘Then he held two fmore ingers up to his eyes and pointed behind me and I saw the cassowary in the scrub. I thought, ‘Holy s***’.’

Mr Enoch pulled Mr Wilson onto his quad bike and the pair tried to make their escape when the cassowary gave chase.

Cameron Wilson said he was the first one on his team to encounter the cassowary

Cameron Wilson said he was the first one on his team to encounter the cassowary

Cassowaries are considered to be the deadliest bird in the world despite their extremely shy nature

Cassowaries are considered to be the deadliest bird in the world despite their extremely shy nature

A group of wildlife rangers captured the heart-stopping moment they were chased by an angry cassowary

A group of wildlife rangers captured the heart-stopping moment they were chased by an angry cassowary

Cassowaries can stand as tall as 1.8metres and weigh up to 70 kilograms

Cassowaries can stand as tall as 1.8metres and weigh up to 70 kilograms

‘I got whacked by a branch with green ants on it and had them crawling all over me at the same time,’ Mr Enoch said.

He said the animal stopped chasing them and turned its attention to the other rangers who were travelling along the track in a six-seater buggy.  

Area coordinator Sophie Halt described it as a scene from the hit movie thriller ‘Jurassic Park’.

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.

The cassowary was photographed by the wildlife rangers following the terrifying chase

The cassowary was photographed by the wildlife rangers following the terrifying chase

Wildlife rangers managed to avoid any injuries after escaping the dangerous cassowary

Wildlife rangers managed to avoid any injuries after escaping the dangerous cassowary

A close-up photo of the cassowary that chased the wildlife rangers along the track

A close-up photo of the cassowary that chased the wildlife rangers along the track

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