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Cassowary, Large Flightless Bird, Escapes Denver Zoo

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 07/15/11 06:18 PM ET Updated: 09/14/11 06:12 AM ET

The Denver Post reported Friday afternoon that a cassowary -- a potentially dangerous, large, flightless bird native to Australia -- escaped its enclosure at the Denver Zoo.

UPDATE:
KDVR reports that the bird (they've termed it 'the most dangerous bird in the world') has been located. There have been no reported injuries.

EARLIER:
A zoo spokesperson told 9News they had created "a safe barrier distance" between the bird and zoo visitors.

Adult cassowaries grow between 5 and 6 feet tall, weigh around 100 pounds, and are marked by sharp claws and a hard helmet-like crest on their heads. The flightless bird can run in excess of 30 mph.

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