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Some New Guinea Highlands societies capture cassowary chicks and raise them as semi-tame poultry, for use in ceremonial gift exchanges and as food. They are the only indigenous Australasian animal known to have been partly domesticated by people prior to European arrival
A large, flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea attacked and killed its owner when the man fell on his property in Florida, authorities said Saturday. The Alachua County Fire Rescue Department told the Gainesville Sun that a cassowary killed the man Friday on the property near Gainesville, likely using its long claws. The victim, whose name was not released, was apparently breeding the birds, state wildlife officials 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. When he fell, he was attacked," Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor told the newspaper. Cassowaries are similar to emus and stand up to 6 feet tall and weigh up to 130 pounds, with black body feathers and bright blue heads and necks. The San Diego Zoo’s website calls cassowaries the world’s most dangerous bird with a 4-inch, dagger-like claw on each foot. “The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick. Powerful legs help the cassowary run up to 31 miles per hour through the dense forest underbrush,” the website says. Cassowaries are not raised for food in the U.S., but are sought after by collectors of exotic birds.
originally posted by: dashen
Take a note vegetarians.
If we don't eat them they will eat us
originally posted by: Thecakeisalie
a reply to: seattlerat
Cassowaries are the Bruce Lee of the bird world.
I've seen footage of cassowaries scissor kicking a man holding a riot shield, and he was still staggered. Australia should be renamed euthanasia, even the Beaver ducks (or as we call them, the platypus) are venomous.
But all those animals are pussycats compared to the drop bear.
originally posted by: DontTreadOnMe
a reply to: seattlerat
I saw that earlier....and had to wonder why an older man would want to breed the "most dangerous bird in the world"????