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 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 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 meet specific cage requirements, said the door. Karen Parker at the newspaper.
Wildlife officials did not answer the Associated Press phone calls late Saturday and could not know what had happened to the bird.