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Weekend ReadsMan attacked and killed by 'world's most dangerous bird'

17:30  14 april  2019
17:30  14 april  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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A large, flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea killed its Florida owner when it attacked him after he fell, authorities said. The San Diego Zoo's website calls cassowaries the world ' s most dangerous bird with a 10cm, dagger-like claw on each foot.

The list below highlights some of the world ’ s most dangerous birds . One of the most famous attacks ( and the only one known to result in a confirmed death) occurred in 1926: one member of a group of teenaged boys hunting cassowaries was killed after a cassowary leapt upon him while he

Man attacked and killed by 'world's most dangerous bird'© Other Cassowaries can grow as big as emus

A large flightless bird has attacked and killed its owner in Florida after he fell over, according to local authorities.

The victim, 75-year old Marvin Hajos, was found at his property in Gainsville in the north of Florida and, was known for breeding cassowary birds, according to state wildlife officials.

The Alachua County Fire Rescue Department believe the bird killed him using its long claws.

Speaking to local media, Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor said: "It looks like it was accidental.

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

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A large, flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea killed its Florida owner when it attacked him after he fell, authorities said Saturday. The Alachua County Fire Rescue Department said that a cassowary killed the man Friday on his property near Gainesville, likely using its long claws.

A cassowary has attacked and killed its 75-year-old owner after the man fell over on his property in Florida. The Alachua County Fire Rescue The San Diego Zoo's website calls cassowaries the world ' s most dangerous bird with a 10-centimetre long, dagger-like claw on each foot.

"When he fell, he was attacked.

Man attacked and killed by 'world's most dangerous bird'© Other Cassowaries are native to Australia and Papua New Guinea

"The cassowary involved remains secured on private property at this time."

A spokesman from the sheriffs office said "Initial information indicates that this was a tragic accident for Mr Hajos".

"The cassowary involved remains secured on private property at this time."

Cassowaries can grow up to 6ft in height and weigh around 60kg and are broadly similar to emus.

They have black feathers on their body and a bright blue neck and head.

According to the San Diego Zoo, the Cassowary is the "world's most dangerous bird", with a 4-inch dagger-like claw on each foot.

It says: "The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick.

"Powerful legs help the cassowary run up to 31mph through the dense forest underbrush."

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

A spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said that to own a cassowary, owners should have "substantial experience" and meet specific cage requirements.

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