Lots of people around the world keep birds as pets, and the vast majority of the time they pose no danger to their owners. A parakeet probably isn't going to pick a fight with you, but larger, more exotic species are a different animal, and a bizarre story out of Florida serves as a shocking reminder of that fact.
As local ABC affiliate WCJB reports, law enforcement in Alachua County received a pair of frantic 911 calls claiming that a pet bird had attacked its elderly owner. When sheriff's deputies arrived they realized how serious the situation was, as the bird was a cassowary, a large and often aggressive species native to Australia.
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