It would seem “Florida Man” strikes again.
News has come out about a man killed on his farm. The Florida man was killed by his own pet bird.
Alachua County Fire Rescue Department reported to a local paper, the Gainsville Sun, that a Florida man was killed after falling down. After he fell, he was attacked by his pet cassowary.
How did he get killed by a bird?
I would beat that bird up on bird man. Give me like 6 months to train tho
— Nolan Sanchez (@NolanSanchez20) April 14, 2019
— Paul Chisholm (@PaulChisholm) April 14, 2019
Deputy Chief, Jeff Taylor explained to the Sun,
“My understanding is that the gentleman was in the vicinity of the bird and at some point, fell. When he fell, he was attacked.”
First responders received the call 10 a.m. last Friday. They rushed the man to the hospital, but he died from his injuries. He was 75 years old.
No seriously, how was he killed by a dumb bird?
The San Diego Zoo’s website calls cassowaries the world’s most dangerous bird with a four-inch (10-centimeter), dagger-like claw on each foot.The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick". https://t.co/nbgf09eLFY
— Keith Johnson (@KJr8dio) April 13, 2019
Here’s a cassowary foot. pic.twitter.com/8GAKdfalMa
— 𝕸𝖆𝖙𝖙 𝕾𝖙𝖆𝖌𝖌𝖘 (@mattstaggs) April 14, 2019
OK now consider your average cassowary is starts off at Muggsy Bogues height and tops out somewhere around Brittney Griner.
Go ahead and pull up. pic.twitter.com/aQucZUsO9a
— Andray (@andraydomise) April 14, 2019
…Okay, that is not a bird. That is a dinosaur hiding from evolution.
Cassowaries are often called the most dangerous bird. They can grow to the size of an adult human, reaching up to 6 feet (180cm). They have a four-inch (10cm) claw on each foot that reminds me of a velociraptor from Jurassic Park.
Oh, and their powerful legs let them run up to 31 mph (50kph) and slice open flesh with a powerful kick.
This brings me to my next question.
Who in their right mind would own one of these things?!
My sister worked at a zoo in a high bushfire danger area. The first thing on their to do list if a fire was coming was “shoot the cassowary”!
— Karen Sweeney (@karenlsweeney) April 14, 2019
I saw a cassowary at a zoo once when I was much younger, and the description has always stuck with me: "Its claw can disembowel a man in seconds."
— Stan Caldwell (@StanMan1717) April 13, 2019
It's like an Ostrich or an Emu. By rule, all birds are inherently nasty and borderline evil. I would never want to be near one large enough to kill me.
— Steph (@WorkMomxMistake) April 14, 2019
Any person that has played Far Cry 3 understands how dangerous cassowaries are.
— Krishan Patel (@IAmKrishanPatel) April 14, 2019
As you can imagine, owning a cassowary is a regulated affair. You have to obtain a permit from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Part of the process to obtain one is showing substantial experience with the bird, as well as having a proper cage.
The commission lists the cassowary as wildlife that can pose a danger to people. I’d say that’s an understatement.
Despite these dangers, the bird is often sought as an exotic pet.
At the moment, the bird is secured on the man’s property. It is unknown at this time what will happen to the animal.