Found in Indonesia, New Guinea and Australia, Cassowaries have earned a reputation as the most dangerous birds in the world. There’s been more than 200 recorded Cassowary attacks against humans, and they’re classified as Class II wildlife, alongside alligators.
The giant, flightless bird, which can be five feet tall and weigh 160 pounds, most recently killed a Florida man in 2019. The bird’s 75-year-old owner, a breeder who raised the cassowary from birth, fell to the ground before the cassowary attacked him with its long claws, and then it was too late.
These birds have heads that look straight out of Jurassic Park — blue skin, red eyes, and a mohawk-like casque — plus razor sharp, four-inch claws on their inner toes.
Our advice? Steer clear of them!
Fun fact: Cassowaries can run 31 miles per hour, jump seven feet in the air, and are skilled swimmers. Impressive!