A cassowary – a large bird unable to fly native to Australia and Papua New Guinea – killed his Florida owner when he attacked him after his fall.
The Alachua County Fire Rescue Service told the Gainesville Sun newspaper that the casowary had been killed Friday on his property near Gainesville, in the north of the state, probably using his long claws. The victim, whose name was not disclosed, apparently raised the birds, wildlife officials said.
"It looks like it was accidental. From what I understand, the gentleman was close to the bird and fell at one point. When he fell, he was attacked, "Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor said.
The casoars are similar to emus. They can measure up to 2 meters (6 feet) and weigh up to 60 kg (130 pounds), with black feathers on the body and bright blue heads and necks.
The San Diego Zoo website considers casoars as the most dangerous bird in the world, with a 10 cm dagger claw on each foot.
"Cassowary can open up a predator or potential threat in one quick kick. Powerful legs help the casoar to travel up to 50 km / h (50 km / h) in the dense undergrowth of the forest, "says the website.
The cassowaries are not bred for food in the United States, but are sought after by collectors.
We do not know what happened to the bird.