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.