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πŸ“Έ by @katiesnaps1974

The “most dangerous bird in the world,” the cassowary.

Just look at those feet and the absolute dagger of a claw on the inside toe!

These birds are not super aggressive, most times choosing to run as opposed to standing their ground – but if they select “fight” from their dropdown menu of options, watch out for that kick.

They can attain a maximum height of 6ft (2m) tall, weigh up to 100lbs (45kg) and reach a top running speed of 31mph (49kph) through dense forest.

Cassowary are especially wary of humans, but like I stated above – if they choose to throw down they can and will inflict serious, sometimes fatal injuries at will.

The first documented human death caused by a cassowary occured in Australia in 1926. Two teenagers spotted one of these birds on their property and decided it would be a good idea to chase it away by beating it up with sticks.

The bird jumped up and kicked the first boy, while the second boy attempted to strike the bird with his club. While the first boy was on the ground, the cassowary kicked again and struck him in the neck – opening a half-inch wound and severing his jugular vein.

He died shortly after.

They are native to the tropical forests of New Guinea and Northern Australia, so while you might not ever see one unless you live in these regions, your best bet is to steer clear of these vegetarian velociraptors if you ever happen upon one.

#natureismetal

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