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By Associated press
ALACHUA, Fla. (AP) – A large, flightless bird, native to Australia and New Guinea, attacked and killed its owner when man fell on his Florida property, officials said on Saturday. authorities.
The Alachua County Fire Rescue Service informed the Sun of Gainesville that a casowary had killed the man Friday on the property near Gainesville, probably with the help of his long claws. The victim, whose name was not disclosed, apparently raised the birds, wildlife officials said.
"It looks like it's accidental.I understand that the gentleman was near the bird and that he fell at one point.When he fell, he was attacked", Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor told the newspaper.
The casoars are similar to emus and measure up to 6 feet in height and weigh up to 130 pounds. They have black feathers, a bright blue head and neck.
The San Diego Zoo website considers casoars as the most dangerous bird in the world, with a four-inch claw resembling a dagger on each foot.
"The cassowary can kick off any predator or potential threat, and its powerful legs allow it to run up to 50 km / h through the dense undergrowth of the forest," says the site.
The cassowaries are not bred for food in the United States, but are sought after by exotic bird collectors.
To obtain the required license, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission requires owners of cassowaries that they possess "substantial experience" and that they meet specific requirements for cages Karen spokeswoman Karen Parker told the newspaper.
Wildlife officials did not answer the Associated Press phone calls late Saturday and could not know what had happened to the bird.