Large exotic bird kills an Alachua County man

Deputies: Large bird attacked, killed its owner

"The cassowary is rightfully considered the most unsafe bird in the world!"

A Florida man was attacked and killed by his pet exotic bird in what the sheriff's office deemed "a tragic accident", WCJB reports.

Cassowary are among the largest and heaviest bird species in the world and can grow to over 6ft and weigh more than 60kg.

According to The Associated Press, the Alachua County Fire Rescue Department told The Gainesville Sun that a cassowary killed the man Friday on land near Gainesville, likely using its exceedingly long claws.

"My understanding is that the gentleman was in the vicinity of the bird and at some point fell".

Marvin Hajos died from injuries suffered in the freaky 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. A second call came from another person at the scene who reported a medical emergency involving a large bird, said Lt. Joshua Crews of the Alachua County Sheriff's Office. The birds are native to New Guinea and parts of Australia. He is known as an experienced breeder and is said to have kept other kinds of exotic animals for decades.

The cassowary remains on Hajos' property as authorities conduct an investigation into the attack, he said.

Hajos was transported to a nearby hospital, where he died, the lieutenant said. When he fell, he was attacked, ' Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor told the newspaper.

It says: "The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick". A special permission is needed to own cassowaries in the United States, which mandates that owners must have "substantial experience" in handling the birds and keep them caged.

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