Florida man killed by large, flightless bird

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In this June 30, 2015 photo, an endangered cassowary roams in the Daintree National Forest, Australia. The flightless birds, related to the emu, are known for their unpredictability and their ability, thanks to their razor-sharp, three-toed feet, to eviscerate threats. Experts say there are about 4,400 of the birds in the area of Australia known […]

ALACHUA, Fla. (AP) – A large, flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea killed its Florida owner when it attacked him after he fell. 

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. The victim’s name was not released. 

Cassowaries are similar to emus and stand up to 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall and weigh up to 130 pounds (59 kilograms). The San Diego Zoo’s website calls them the world’s most dangerous bird with a four-inch (10-centimeter), 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.

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