A cassowary is a large flightless bird resembling an emu, killing a man on Friday near Alachua in Florida.
In the United States, a cassowary attacked the owner with his claws and the injuries were lethal, said the spokesman for the Alachua County Sheriff's Office in Florida, Lieutenant Brett Rhodenizer, who identified the victim as Marvin Hajos. , 75, who was the owner of the farm where the attack occurred.
The Cassowaries are usually quiet and peaceful but highly territorial birds, which is why they are considered the most dangerous birds in the world.
When they are disturbed or feel threatened they can inflict mortal injuries on an adult human, striking with their strong and strong legs (their jump reaches a height of almost two meters) and can even open the body of the intruder with their sharp claws. The inner fingers have long, pointed claws, like knives, that are a deadly defense weapon.
Authorities of Alachua have initiated the investigation of the fact, since the initial information indicates that it was a "tragic accident". Meanwhile, "the cassowary involved remains insured on private property," the official spokesman told The Gainesville Sun, a local newspaper.
Hajos was taken to the UF Health Shands Hospital under a trauma alert and apparently died there, said Assistant Chief of the Alachua County Fire Department, Jeff Taylor, who added that the emergency call arrived around 10:00 a.m. Friday
"It seems that it was accidental. I understand that the gentleman was near the bird and at some point he fell and it was before the fall that attacked him, "said Taylor.
In response to the incident, the Florida Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Commission (FWC) was also notified. "We got a call from a former employee about it, that's how we found out," regional spokeswoman Karen Parker said on Saturday, adding that the man was apparently raising the cassowary.
According to the media, a specimen of the exotic bird, but much smaller, with the characteristic jet black body, the distinctive bright blue collar and feathers on the head, was seen wandering near the place.
The FWC lists the cassowary as a Class II wildlife that can also pose a danger to people, so for its possession it is required to comply with the substantial experience and comply with the specific requirements of the cage, in addition to the permits for exhibition. public, sale or personal possession of wildlife. However, the FWC does not regulate the reproduction of cassowaries, Parker explained.
About the cassowaries
National Geographic, describes them as large, non-flying birds, related to the emus and, more remotely, with the ostriches, the rheas and the kiwis. Currently there are three species, but two of them are restricted to the rainforests of New Guinea and the islands of the area. The third and largest (the common cassowary) also extends to the Humid Tropics of northern Queensland. Some inhabit rainforest areas, such as Daintree; others live in its periphery and sometimes venture into the gardens of houses.
But the cassowary is not the typical garden bird. If an adult male stands up completely, he can easily pass a person of 1.65 meters high and weigh more than 50 kilos. The adult females are still taller and can weigh more than 75 kilos. In the current avifauna only the ostriches outnumber them in size. However, the cassowaries seem smaller because they do not walk in an upright position, but rather they do so inclined, with the column parallel to the ground.
Its plumage is bright black, the wings are tiny, atrophied to the minimum expression. The neck is long and almost hairless, covered only by a light layer of short feathers that look like hair. However, the skin is fabulous red, orange, purple and blue.
At the base of the neck, in front, hang a pair of long folds of colored skin, called caruncles. Their legs are scaly, they are tridactyl, and on the inside finger of each foot they have developed a fearsome modified nail. In addition the cassowaries have large brown eyes, the beak is long and curved, and above the head they look a protuberance called a helmet, which looks like a horn.
Next, so that you have an idea of its strength, we present you a video of the attack from a cassowary to its keeper.