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After mating, the female cassowary will lay three to six large, green eggs.  Once these eggs are laid, the female’s job is done, and she will wander off to find another male to mate with.  It is the father who constructs a nest of waterproof vegetation and incubates the eggs for the next fifty days.  A devoted parent, the male will not leave his eggs until they have hatched.  A broody male cassowary does not need to eat, drink, or even defecate for the entire period of incubation.

Cassowary chicks are small, beige in colour, with dark brown stripes.  The father will protect his new family with devotion, showing them what foods to eat and ferociously protecting them from predators.  The chicks will stay with their father for the next nine months.

It has also been noted in zoos that cassowary chicks will imprint readily on anyone who is present when they hatch, including humans.  These chicks are then extremely tame and will follow their adopted parent anywhere.  In some native villages in New Guinea, cassowary chicks are even kept as pets and left to wander loose through the village, like chickens.  However, even the tamest chick will turn savage and dangerous upon reaching adulthood.  

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Nolaki aka Nick Swann (Australian, Sydney, Australia) - 1: And So It Brumes, 2010  2: At The Waning Of The Light, 2011 3: Do We Know Nothing?, 2008  4: Cheiftain, 2012  5: And the Sunset says: Nevermind, 2009  6: Steward, 2010  Paintings: Oil, Acrylics on Canvas

Okay I'm really fucking pissed

So today is Australia Day. Now Australia Day warrants some controversy because it happens to be the day that white settlement started in Australia and thousands and thousands of indigenous Australians were killed and their lives were made living hell. So while half of the population of Australia is celebrating the other half is mourning the deaths of family and find it insulting that (non indigenous) Australians are celebrating the genocide of their people. So there have been many /peaceful/ protests about changing the date of Australia Day from the 26th of January to any other date. Now let me say again these protests were peaceful, much more peaceful that the women’s rights protests a few days prior. When the protesters lit a flag on fire police officers moved in with such extreme force. Now let me tell you the women’s rights protest was much much more violent than this and they were left to continue protesting with minimal police interaction. So let me ask, are you still telling me this is not about race?

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Florence Fuller - Inseparables by Irina

Florence Ada Fuller (1867 – 17 July 1946) was a South African-born Australian artist.