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US News‘World’s deadliest bird’ kills owner after fall

04:50  14 april  2019
04:50  14 april  2019 Source:   msn.com

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‘World’s deadliest bird’ kills owner after fall © Wilson Ring Cassowaries are similar to emus and stand up to 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall (Wilson Ring/AP)

A large, flightless bird killed its owner when it attacked him after he fell, authorities in Florida have said.

The Alachua County Fire Rescue Department said a cassowary killed the man on his property near Gainesville, apparently using its long claws.

The victim, whose name was not released, was breeding the birds, which are native to Australia and New Guinea.

Deputy chief Jeff Taylor 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.

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Thousands of bird species exist in the world . History has seen extinction of many birds due to which the population of birds have reduced in the nature. The large flightless bird can be deadly and fierce sometimes. The fiercely fight predators are powerful enough to kill even their largest enemies, the lions.

Living in Australia comes with some caveats, such as the constant threat of being burgled by the world ' s deadliest bird . After the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) removed the bird , they published a statement urging residents to not feed wild cassowaries.

“When he fell, he was attacked.”

‘World’s deadliest bird’ kills owner after fall The cassowaries are ratites in the genus Casuarius and are native to the tropical forests of New Guinea, nearby islands, and northeastern Australia. Sydney, Australia. Wednesday 26th November 2014. (Photo: Steve Christo) (Photo by Steve Christo/Corbis via Getty Images)

Cassowaries are similar to emus and reach up to 6ft in height and weigh up to 60kg.

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

The San Diego Zoo website calls cassowaries the world’s most dangerous bird, with a 4in dagger-like claw on each foot.

“The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick,” the website says.

‘World’s deadliest bird’ kills owner after fall Cassowaries can grow as big as emus

“Powerful legs help the cassowary run up to 31mph through the dense forest underbrush.”

Cassowaries are not raised for food in the US but are sought after by collectors.

To get the mandatory permit, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission requires cassowary owners to have “substantial experience” and meet specific cage requirements, spokeswoman Karen Parker said.

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