The most dangerous bird in the world killed his master
The cassowary is the only bird on the entire planet that periodically kills a man during a direct physical attack.
April 15, 2019 at 13:10
The farmer from Florida was the victim of the attack of the cassowary – large flightless birds that in nature lives in tropical forests of New Guinea and Northern Australia. The man held the bird on its territory and had become a victim of it at the time, when I went in the cage for feeding.
A genus of cassowaries (lat. They are) includes three species; the adults grow to 1.5–2 metres and weigh about 60 pounds. It is the largest bird in Australia and the second largest bird in the world after the ostrich. The name comes from the Papuan kasu weri (“horned head”): they have a special appendage called a “slam”.
Cassowaries are capable of speeds up to 50 km/h when running through the thick forest, you can jump up to 1.5 meters high and swim very well. The legs of the cassowary is very strong, three-toed, with sharp claws. Average having the shape of a dagger, reaches to 120 mm. Thanks to this, the cassowary can kill with one blow.
That’s exactly what happened on the farm in Florida: according to rescuers, the 75-year-old man tripped and fell to the ground, at this point, the cassowary struck him a mortal blow with its giant claws. In the wild, such a development unlikely – they shunned people but can be aggressive if they are disturbed, particularly during nesting season.
In the 1999 study, biologists from parks and wildlife Queensland have counted 150 cases of cassowary attacks on residents of the state. In 75% of cases it occurred during feeding. Scientists say that in captivity these birds, having lost the ability to produce food on their own, become too demanding. Even if they don’t attack those who feed them, often show signs of aggression: jump, push, and trying to snatch food.
This makes the cassowary the most dangerous bird in the world: no other representative of this group does not kill the person in the process of direct physical attack.