ALACHUA, Florida – 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'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 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 to be the most dangerous bird in the world, with a four-inch (10 cm) dagger claw.
"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 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 requirements for cages, stated spokeswoman Karen Parker at the newspaper.
Wildlife officials did not respond to phone calls late Saturday and we could not know what had happened to the bird.