The world’s most dangerous bird spotted on a public beach

The Australian cassowary is at risk of extinction and sightings are extremely rare. “We don’t know how long this animal was in the water or why it went for a swim, but the footage is astonishing,” said Stephen Clough, head of the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

Cassowaries can reach two meters in height and weigh up to 70 kilos. Their dagger-like claws can easily pierce and slice any animal that threatens them. Cassowaries are found in New Guinea and north-eastern Australia, and according to the Queensland state environment department there are around 4,000 living in the wild. Cassowaries should be approached with caution, due to the powerful kicks they can deliver with their clawed feet.

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