Bird in Queensland’s Innisfail had come to associate people with being fed, says environment department, and decision to relocate it was taken ‘reluctantly’
Australian Associated Press
Monday 22 August 201603.21 BST
Wildlife officers have relocated a young cassowary, known by locals as Ruthie, after it threatened an elderly man and tried to enter his Innisfail home.
It is the second time this month a cassowary has been relocated in north Queensland due to aggressive behaviour.
The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection said it was first alerted to potential problems with the bird in early August.
Rangers were called to the Coquette Point home last week after reports the bird was behaving aggressively and trying to break into an elderly man’s home.
“The decision was reluctantly taken to relocate the bird after it was clear it had become accustomed to associate people with being fed,” according to the department.
The cassowary was tranquilised and relocated to a remote area of rainforest, away from human interaction.
EHP has again urged people not to feed or interact with the endangered species.