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Man attacked and killed in Florida by large flightless bird

Deputies: Large bird attacked, killed its owner Big flightless bird kills its owner after stumble in Florida
Steven Clarke | 15 April, 2019, 04:10

The bird was reportedly being kept at the property as a pet.

Marvin Hajos died from injuries suffered in the weird attack by a cassowary, a flightless fowl with knife-like claws that can stand up to 6 feet tall and weigh more than 100 pounds, according to officials.

Alachua County Sheriff Department told the BBC they were called to the man's property on Friday and found the man badly wounded by a cassowary. "When he fell, he was attacked".

Upon being called to the scene on Friday, rescues rushed Hajos to the hospital but he could not be saved and succumbed to his injuries shortly after.

The county sheriff's office identified the victim as Marvin Hajos, 75, and said an investigation into his death had been opened. "My understanding is that the gentleman was in the vicinity of the bird and at some point fell", Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor told the newspaper.

Police added that the cassowary involved in the attack "remains secured on private property". Cassowaries are similar to emus and stand up to 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall and weigh up to 130 pounds (59 kilograms).

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The birds can run at speeds of up to 50 kilometres an hour. The birds are native to New Guinea and parts of Australia.

"The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick", states information from the San Diego Zoo.

The birds are not native to the United States and are usually found in Papua New Guinea and Australia and are bred for collection, rather than food.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission consider cassowary a Class II species, which require a permit for ownership.

She said the commission lists the cassowary as a type of wildlife that can "pose a danger to people".

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