Captive Cassowary Kills Owner In Florida

A cassowary has killed its owner in the U.S. state of Florida by attacking him after he fell over.

The Alachua County Fire Rescue Department told the Gainesville Sun that a cassowary killed the man on Friday on his property, likely using its long claws. The victim's name was not released.

Cassowaries are large, flightless birds native to Australia and New Guinea similar to emus that stand up to 1.8 metres tall and weigh up to 60 kilograms.

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The San Diego Zoo's website calls them the world's most dangerous bird with a 10 centimetre, dagger-like claw on each foot that can cut open people or predators.

They have black body feathers and bright blue heads and necks.

They are not raised for food, but are sought after by collectors and it is estimated there are fewer than 1000 in the wild.

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