Loaded it with corn and molasses and on Thursday night we got the one that got away: one cranky pig. Martin my son, who is home at the moment, called his mate, another pig-man, Ronnie.
Ronnie shot the pig and took away the carcase. Ronnie who was apparently very sceptical of my pig-cage was overheard in parting to say, “ I going home to make a cage like Yvonne’s”.
Ronnie arrived in his best winter attire. Ronnie phoned later that day and informed us that the pig was a pregnant sow and had twelve fully formed babies, he estimated two days away from birth. How lucky was that?
Paul Tomlinson, the newspaper man, had an incident with a pig this week. The pig ran across the road in front of his car and dented the front. Paul sees pigs all the time at Coquette Point, particularly on his early morning runs through Moresby Range National Park. One day a bore, the size of his car,( he says), ran down the road in front of his car. Hopefully, my newly strengthened cage will hold it one day.
Bill Farmsworth took the photo (left) of Dad 1. Note the unusual jagged wattles and note the left wattle is shorter. The chick I saw last week across the bridge is most likely one of Dad 1 chicks.
Saw Dad 2 on Friday he was attacking his reflection in the chrome bumper-bar of a car. His chick looked on curiously. His casque has grown considerably over the last year.
This week Senior Ranger Kate collected the camera that has been on the Western cassowary feed station for the last two months.
The current Cassowary count at Coquette Point is 1 matriarch Jessie, 3 males, 3 chicks and 4 sub-adults. Counting the two chicks of Dad 1 as sub-adults. 25 years ago after cyclone Winifred the count was 1 matriarch 12 males with 5 chicks and 4 sub-adults.
Cheers for now.