ANIMAL FACTS - Ratites
The main threats to the wild cassowaries of Australia include habitat destruction, run-ins with traffic and domestic dogs. Feral pigs also compete for food and destroy the cassowary's nests and eggs. Last but not least, when people feed wild cassowaries they can become dangerous, expecting to be fed by any person who comes by.
The Ratite family includes flightless birds with a flat, keelless breastbone (the keel is where the flight muscles connect). Most of their muscle is in their legs and thighs. There are only five species around the world. Cassowary, Emu, Ostrich, Rhea and Kiwi.