WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A cassowary, a breed of large, flightless bird, killed its owner when he fell somewhere in the animal’s vicinity.
- These birds are said to be the most dangerous in the world, having powerful legs and long 4-inch claws on each foot.
- It’s not known exactly what had happened to the bird after the attack.
Friday in Florida, a large, flightless bird killed its owner on his property. According to the Alachua County Fire Rescue Department, the cassowary likely used its long claws to kill the man who was apparently breeding the birds.
The website of the San Diego Zoo describes cassowaries as the most dangerous bird in the world. Each foot has a 4-inch, dagger-like claw. Similar to emus, their body feathers are black while their heads and necks are a bright blue. The birds have a height of around 6 feet and weight up to 130 lbs.
The website continues on to say that cassowaries have powerful legs that can help the birds run up to speeds of 31 mph and “slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick.”
Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor told the Gainesville Sun that the death looks to be accidental. The victim, whose name wasn’t released, was somewhere in the vicinity of the bird and fell to the ground at some point. “When he fell, he was attacked.”
What happened to the bird can’t be learned though, as wildlife officials didn’t answer phone calls late Saturday.
Cassowaries are native to Australia and New Guinea but are raised in the U.S. by collectors. Not for food, though. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission requires these collectors to have mandatory permits. Spokeswoman Karen Parker told the newspaper that to get these permits, they need to have “substantial experience” and their cages have to meet specific requirements.
Source: New York Post