Is this Bird a Living Dinosaur?


– Ryan just opened up the gates. I think the Cassowary’s
on its way out. Kinda nervous now. – [Voiceover] All right. – Oh yeah, you don’t
really think about it until the dinosaur’s
actually coming towards you. Oh my gosh. It’s big. (laughs) – [Voiceover] Is it bigger
than you thought it would be? – It’s a dinosaur. Oh my gosh, this is crazy. Wait until you guys
see this thing. Woah. (dramatic music) Today I’m visiting
Jungle Island, a interactive zoological park located on Watson Island
in Miami, Florida, which is home to a
plethora of animals from all around the world. And while most of my
adventures take me off trail, today’s truly unique
because I will be getting face to face with the
most dangerous bird on the planet, the Cassowary. The one I will be working
with on this episode is world famous
for being extremely well tempered around humans. However, that doesn’t mean
I can let my guard down because this massive bird is
armed with razor sharp claws and a powerful kick, which contains enough force to inflict a fatal blow. Getting this close to a creature that’s this prehistoric looking is pretty amazing. Look at how ancient
looking that face is, and the coloration in the skin, the crest of the head. Wow, the crest is a lot bigger
than I imagined it to be. And that’s hollow, right? – [Ryan] It is hollow, yeah. – But it’s still, it’s
real fibrous, right? Like she could just like– – Very fibrous, yeah. – Ram me in the face with it, so I definitely
have to be careful. – It’s very similar
in density to a beak. – OK, so she’s running
through the environment, she can kinda just
keep her head down and break through
all the underbrush. – Definitely, what
they do is they stretch their neck out real long, which she’ll extend a few
feet in front of their body as they’re running. That’ll help push the
branches away from the rest of her
body as she runs. Now I’m not sure if
you noticed this, but if you look
around the side here, you’re gonna see these wings. – [Coyote] Yes,
little tiny wings. – [Ryan] Yeah, and they
have really stiff quills. – Wow look at that. It almost looks like
a porcupine’s quill. Look at the size of
this bird’s legs. Look at all the scales. This bird weighs
about 130 pounds. That is a massive animal. This is the second largest
species of bird in the world, second only to the ostrich. And they’re incredibly
fast, right? – They are extremely fast. They can run around
30 miles per hour through jungle underbrush. – Wow. And every little sound that
we hear off screen here, her head immediately does this. And it’s just like
a velociraptor that you’ve seen
in Jurassic Park, the head going like this, turning from side to side. It is so awesome to just
watch this bird in action. I would say that the only thing this bird is missing is a tail. And if it had one, it
really would be a dinosaur. Now, I would never be
able to get this close to a Cassowary in the wild. And they can be very, very
aggressive towards humans, so it’s very unique
that I’m getting to be this close with this prehistoric
looking creature today. I do wanna try to stay
as calm as I possibly can so that she also stays calm. But you can see she’s
curious right now. She wants to know if I
have anything in my hand, like an apple or some grapes. Hi, here you go. Look at the skin. You wouldn’t expect
a bird to have bright blue skin like that, but it’s so beautiful. And here’s something
you might not know, that the entire
bird’s body is blue. If I just fold back those
feathers a tiny bit, look at that. Blue, all the way through. Their feathers are
incredibly coarse. These ones on the outside here almost feel like horse hairs. And then underneath, she’s
really soft and downy. When you look at the
feet of this bird, look at those scales
and look at the claws. It looks just like the
foot of a velociraptor. And that claw on the inside
edge of the foot, razor sharp. Now if this bird
was out in the wild, it would actually be
a couple inches longer and sickle shaped,
just like a raptor. And these birds are
capable of jumping almost six feet in the air. And I can’t even imagine
how terrifying it would be to be out there in the jungle, have one of these cut
through the underbrush, run at you, leap, and you
take one of those claws to the face. When you look down the
length of that beak and into those eyes, you transcend back 65
million years into the past, and you feel as if
you were looking straight at a dinosaur. Wow. That is intimidating
right there. I’m Coyote Peterson, be brave, stay wild, we’ll see you
on the next adventure. The Southern Cassowary’s
considered to be the most dangerous
bird in the world. And the only reason I was
able to interact with this one is because it was
raised in captivity. Unfortunately, these
omnivorous creatures are endangered in
their native lands of Australia and
Papua New Guinea, so the chance to get up close with this clever girl
was an opportunity I wasn’t about to pass up. If you thought that
was one wild adventure, check out the time
I got up close with the fastest bird in the
world, the peregrine falcon. And don’t forget, subscribe
to join me and the crew on this season of
Breaking Trail. (dinosaur screeching) – [Voiceover] Clever girl.

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