Florida man killed by non-Florida bird

As though there aren’t enough Florida creatures to kill you already:

It's a cassowary

A large, flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea killed its Florida owner when it attacked him after he fell.

The Alachua County Fire Rescue Department told the Gainesville Sun that a cassowary killed the man Friday on his property near Gainesville, likely using its long claws. The victim’s name was not released.

Cassowaries are similar to emus and stand up to 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall and weigh up to 130 pounds (59 kilograms). The San Diego Zoo’s website calls them the world’s most dangerous bird with a four-inch (10-centimeter), dagger-like claw on each foot that can cut open people or predators.

“You can’t drive around with a tiger in your car,” said Roger Miller. Imagine what he might have said of the cassowary.

2 comments

  1. McGehee »

    15 April 2019 · 8:39 pm

    Florida Man obviously didn’t care to trust his demise to amateurs.

  2. fillyjonk »

    15 April 2019 · 8:42 pm

    Birds are basically dinosaurs with good PR. This is a smaller, marginally-cuter T. rex.

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