As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Curious cassowary 'Peanut' ventures into home, forcing owners to take cover

Australian native bird considered to be dangerous has long wandered through the backyard in Queensland’s north but until this week stayed outside

Thursday 14 April 2016 08.58 BSTLast modified on Thursday 14 April 201609.51 BST

A cassowary named Peanut has surprised a Queensland family by venturing into their home as they were preparing dinner.

Sue and Peter Leach, from Wongaling Beach in the state’s north, were forced to take cover after discovering the native bird – which can grow up to 2m tall – standing in their lounge-dining room.

“We leave all the doors open when we’re at home and I guess he was curious, but I hot-footed it out of the house and hid in the garage because although we know him he is still a wild animal,” Sue Leach told the Cairns Post.

Peanut, thought to be about three years old, has long wandered through the Leach backyard but until this week had stayed outside.

“My husband hid behind the dining room table and took some photos and he was only in there for a few minutes. He must have come in through the garage door and walked back out the front door.”

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