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Florida man killed by giant, rare bird

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A man in Florida was killed by a cassowary — a large flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea that is considered to be the world’s most dangerous bird, local media reported Saturday.

The cassowary’s owner fell over on his farm near the large-clawed bird before it attacked him, fire authorities in Alachua County told the Gainesville Sun newspaper.

He was taken to hospital where he later died, according to the paper.

The cassowary is closely related to Australia’s emu and is the second-heaviest bird in the world after the ostrich.

According to the San Diego Zoo, the cassowary is “rightfully considered the most dangerous bird in the world.”

“Each 3-toed foot has a dagger-like claw on the inner toe that is up to 4 inches [10 centimetres] long! The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick,” the zoo says on its website.

The Southern Cassowary can be up to 1.7 metres tall.

State wildlife authorities said the man was breeding cassowaries, which are popular with collectors of exotic birds, the paper reported.

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