Hands up if you thought the last thing you’d see on this list of the world’s most dangerous animals, was a bird? Yep, we’re just as shocked as you are. The most dangerous thing about any birds we could think of, was a quick peck or a bird dropping ruining our hairstyle.
But the cassowary is an exception. The third largest bird on the planet (after the ostrich in first place and the emu in second), this endangered bird is flightless (but don’t let that fool you, they can run at 50 kph and jump two metres off the ground from standing) and resides in Australia.
Oh, and they love a fight. But not for no reason ‘ they’re not complete savages. They’ll only put up a fight if they feel threatened, and are very territorial and will protect their young fiercely. Their name comes from the Papuan words for horned (kasu) and head (weri) and it’s with this horned head, called a casque, along with their claws, that they fight.
Their casque stands at around 17 cm high and 15 cm long, and their dagger shaped middle claws can grow as long as 12 cm. So if you do happen across one, its best to walk on by and let that argument go.