A big bird unable to fly, from Australia and New Guinea, killed his Florida owner after attacking him after his fall, authorities said Saturday.
The Alachua County Fire Department informed the Gainesville Sun that a cassowary was killed on Friday near Gainesville, probably with its long claws. The victim, whose name was not disclosed, apparently raised the birds, wildlife officials said.
"It looks like it was accidental. From what I understand, the gentleman was close to the bird and fell at one point. When he fell, he was attacked, "Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor said.
The casoars are similar to emus and measure up to 1.8 meters tall and weigh less than 60 kg, with black feathers on the body and bright blue heads and necks.
The San Diego Zoo website considers casoars as the most dangerous bird in the world, with a four-inch (10 cm) dagger claw.
"Cassowary can open up a predator or potential threat in one quick kick. Powerful legs help the casoar to travel up to 50 km / h through the thickets of the dense forest, "says the website.
The cassowaries are not bred for food in the United States, but are sought after by collectors.
To obtain the required license, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission requires owners of cassowary that they possess "substantial experience" and that they meet specific requirements regarding cages, said spokeswoman Karen Parker in the newspaper.
Wildlife officials did not respond to phone calls late Saturday and we could not know what had happened to the bird.