Florida Man Killed By Large Cassowary Bird

ALACHUA COUNTY, Florida – A Florida man died from injuries he sustained when his cassowary, a large bird similar to an emu, attacked him on a farm in Alachua County, Florida.

Adult cassowaries grow to 5–6 ft tall and have three-toed feet with sharp claws. The middle toe has a dagger-like claw that can reach 5-inches-long.

Cassowaries are large flightless birds similar to ostriches, rheas, and emus. They live in Australia and New Guinea and are not indigenous to Florida.

Alachua County Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor told the Gainesville Sun that the Florida man was in the vicinity of the bird when he fell. When the man fell, the cassowary attacked.

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