Pet Cassowary Kills Owner

a large flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea attacked and killed its owner when the man fell on his property in Florida authorities said Saturday the abattoir County Fire Rescue Department told the Gainesville son that a castle where he killed the man Friday on the property near Gainesville likely using its long claws the victim whose name was not released was apparently breeding the birds state wildlife officials said it looks like it was accidental my understanding is that the gentleman was in the vicinity of the bird and at some point fell when he fell he was attacked Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor told the newspaper cassowaries are similar to amused and stand up to 6 feet tall and weigh up to 130 pounds with black body feathers and bright blue heads and necks cassowaries are not raised for food in the US but are sought after by collectors of exotic birds to obtain the mandatory permit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission requires cassowary owners to have substantial experience and meet specific cage requirements spokeswoman Karen Parker told the newspaper wildlife officials did not answer phone calls late Saturday from The Associated Press and it could not be learned what happened to the bird

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