A cassowary – an extensive, flightless winged bird local to Australia and Papua New Guinea – has executed its Florida breeder when it assaulted him after he fell.
The fire rescue department in Alachua province told the Gainesville Sun paper the cassowary killed the man on his property close Gainesville, in the north of the state, likely utilizing its long paws.
The person in question, whose name was not discharged, was evidently reproducing the feathered animals, state untamed life authorities said.
“It looks like it was accidental. My understanding is that the gentleman was in the vicinity of the bird and at some point fell. When he fell, he was attacked,” the deputy chief, Jeff Taylor, told the paper.
Cassowaries are like emus. They can be up to 2 meters (6ft) tall and weigh up to 60kg (130lb), with dark body plumes and splendid blue heads and necks.
The San Diego zoo‘s site considers cassowaries the world’s most perilous feathered animal with a 10cm knife like paw on each foot.
“The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick. Powerful legs help the cassowary run up to 31 miles per hour (50km/h) through the dense forest underbrush,” the site says.
Cassowaries are not brought for food up in the US, yet are looked for after by animal collectors.