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Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – In April 2019, a 75-year-old man was attacked by at least one of the exotic birds he kept in Florida, USA. His injuries were very serious, and he later died in hospital.

The exotic bird in question is not a parrot or a canary, but a cassowary, a bird whose habitat is in Indonesia.


Quoting the official Guinness World Records page, it turns out that the cassowary is included in the list as Class II wildlife in Florida, because of the risk of attacks it poses. This means that owners must meet a number of tests and obtain special permission from local authorities to store them legally.

So what kind of bird is a cassowary?

Like their cousins, Emus, Cassowaries are a group of large birds that cannot fly, have feathered bodies and long necks, or what are called Ratites.

They originate from tropical forests in Southeast Asia and Australia. Although the size varies between the three species, cassowaries can reach a height of 2 m and weigh up to 60 kg.

Cassowaries are certainly very interesting to look at, with their bright blue faces, two red wattles (skin coverings) hanging from their necks, and a hollow “helmet” sitting atop their heads.

The anatomy that makes them so dangerous is located on the underside. Muscular legs capable of delivering powerful kicks, with three claw-tipped toes.

The claws on the inner toes are very strong, reaching 12 cm in length. If the cassowary feels threatened, it will jump and attack with this dagger-like weapon. If the weapon is used, it can cause potentially fatal injuries to internal organs and cause severe bleeding.

Although this family of birds is widely considered to be the most dangerous birds, the 2019 case was the first confirmed human death caused by a cassowary in 93 years.

The last known victim was 16-year-old hunter Phillip McClean, who tripped while running away from a bird in Australia in April 1926. McClean fell to the ground and received a fatal blow to the neck.

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