Florida Man Killed By Cassowary, Known as 'World's Most Dangerous Bird'

Remigio Civitarese
Апреля 16, 2019

Hajos' death is being investigated by Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell, the Gainesville Sun reports.

The cassowary remained secured on the property, according to Rhodenizer. The Alachua County Fire Rescue Department told the Gainesville Sun that a cassowary killed the man Friday on his property near Gainesville, likely using its long claws. Florida wildlife officials claim the man was breeding the birds on his farm, and a woman on the scene said he was "doing what he loved".

"My understanding is that the gentleman was in the vicinity of the bird and at some point fell". There have been 221 documented cassowary attacks in Queensland, 150 of which were on humans, according to a 1999 study by Christopher P. Kofron of the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, the Post reported. "When he fell, he was attacked".

Cassowaries are large, flightless birds known for a horn-like bump on the top of their heads, distinctive bright blue necks, and jet-black feathers.

Authorities pronounced an elderly Florida man dead Friday after he was attacked by his pet cassowary bird.

Hajos was a breeder of the rare bird, which is native to Australia and New Guinea.

The largest of these flightless birds, the southern cassowary, can measure between 4-5.6 feet in height. The largest of the species can approach up to 6 feet in height and are considered the most unsafe bird in the world, according to the San Diego Zoo.

To obtain a permit, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission requires cassowary owners to have "substantial experience" and meet specific cage requirements, spokeswoman Karen Parker told the newspaper. It's known for its unusual, distinctive headgear, known as a casque, and for its deadly kick, which earned it the title of "most risky bird in the world". It can slice open its predators with a swift kick, according to the San Diego Zoo website. The zoo says it is second heaviest bird in the world, after its cousin the ostrich. "Powerful legs help the cassowary run up to 31 miles per hour through the dense forest underbrush", the website says.

The creatures can jump nearly 7 feet into the air, "so the bird is quite good at fending off threats or escaping danger", the zoo states.

"I would not understand why anyone would want to keep a cassowary as a pet", Slovak also said.

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