Grande celebrated her first birthday this week in the Tableland Cassowary Facility. After being rescued as a very tiny stripey and nursed patiently by Ingrid at the Garners Beach Facility, she was paired with a young orphaned emu. The pair transitioned to the Tablelands and kept each other warm for a few months before the emu found a new home in a zoo. (He couldn’t be returned to an unknown flock and be accepted.) Grande is learning to forage for herself but she is still to meet her milestones before being released as an adult cassowary into the wild. Research demonstrates that adult birds have a much higher chance of survival in the wild than juveniles. Grande is being monitored with cameras throughout the facility so she has minimal human contact and can be observed in a natural habitat.