Man attacked and killed in Florida by large flightless bird

Clay Curtis
April 15, 2019

A 75-year-old man has been killed by a large, flightless creature that is considered to be the "world's most unsafe bird".

A man has been attacked and killed by the "world's deadliest bird".

A cassowary is a 6-foot-tall flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea.

"My understanding is that the gentleman was in the vicinity of the bird and at some point fell", he said. State wildlife officials said that the victim, 75-year-old Marvin Hajos, appears to be breeding the birds.

The Alachua County Fire Rescue Department said that a cassowary killed the man Friday on his property near Gainesville, likely using its long claws.

He said first responders got a call at 10am on Friday and rushed the man to a hospital for trauma care but he died. The cassowary remains on Hajos' property as authorities conduct an investigation into the attack, he said.

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For the time being it has been secluded on a private property, according to the sheriff office's spokesman Lt. Brett Rhodenizer, who called the clash between the man and the bird a "tragic accident". "When he fell, he was attacked", Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor told the paper, according to AP. A single kick can slice open a potential threat. It can also jump almost 7 feet into the air and is a good swimmer. It features black body feathers and a distinct blue head and neck.

A sign warning drivers to be aware of cassowary birds in Australia.

Parts of the cassowaries are eaten in New Guinea, but breeders in the United States do not raise cassowaries for food.

They're not usually found in the USA, but they are sought out by exotic animal lovers and do require a permit to own.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission considers cassowaries Class II wildlife, meaning they pose a danger to humans and are subject to specific cage requirements.

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