Tuesday, September 20, 2011

more zoo antics.

© Mariano Jimenez II and Mariano G. Jiménez and its licensors

we saw this exquisite bird at the nashville zoo on sunday. what a glorious creature is the double-wattled cassowary. and who doesn't like saying double-wattled cassowary? it rolls off the tongue.

this flightless creature is one of the largest birds alive (they grow to more than 100 pounds), second only to the mighty ostrich.

its habitat is the dense tropical forests of australia and new guinea, and it eats small animals, vegetation and fallen fruits.

the dwc can run up to 30 miles per hour and can jump up to five feet high. it is identifiable by its colorful neck wattles and the sassy protuberance atop its head, called a casque.

but the debate it spurred between the boy and me, is this:

is kevin, the bird from the disney movie "up," a double-wattled cassowary?

the boy says yes, absolutely.

© Disney Pixar

methinks he is incorrect, but i didn't have the heart to tell him.

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