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USLarge bird attacks and kills its fallen owner in Florida

07:40  14 april  2019
07:40  14 april  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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A cassowary – a large , flightless bird native to Australia and Papua New Guinea – has killed its Florida owner when it attacked him after he fell . The fire rescue department in Alachua county told the Gainesville Sun newspaper the cassowary killed the man on Friday on his property near Gainesville

A large , flightless bird killed its Florida owner when it attacked him after he fell . 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.

Large bird attacks and kills its fallen owner in Florida© Wilson Ring An endangered cassowary roams in the Daintree National Forest, Australia on June 30, 2015.

ALACHUA, Fla. (AP) — A large, flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea attacked and killed its owner when the man fell on his property in Florida, authorities said Saturday.

The Alachua County Fire Rescue Department told the Gainesville Sun that a cassowary killed the man Friday on the property near Gainesville, likely using its long claws. The victim, whose name was not released, was apparently breeding the birds, state wildlife officials 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. When he fell, he was attacked," Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor told the newspaper.

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A Florida man has been jumped on and killed by a close relative of the emu, the cassowary, a In the ensuing chase, the boy tripped and fell , with the bird slicing his neck with its sharp claws. A special permission is needed to own cassowaries in the US, which mandates that owners must have

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Cassowaries are similar to emus and stand up to 6 feet tall and weigh up to 130 pounds, with black body feathers and bright blue heads and necks.

The San Diego Zoo's website calls cassowaries the world's most dangerous bird with a four-inch, dagger-like claw on each foot.

"The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick. Powerful legs help the cassowary run up to 31 miles per hour (50 kph) through the dense forest underbrush," the website says.

Cassowaries are not raised for food in the U.S., but are sought after by collectors of exotic birds.

To obtain the mandatory permit, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission requires cassowary owners to have "substantial experience" and meet specific cage requirements, spokeswoman Karen Parker told the newspaper.

Wildlife officials did not answer phone calls late Saturday from The Associated Press and it could not be learned what happened to the bird.

Cassowary That Killed Its 75-Year-Old Owner to Hit the Auction Block.
The large, flightless bird that attacked and killed its 75-year-old owner in Florida earlier this month can now be yours—for the right price. The killer cassowary, along with dozens of other dangerous and endangered animals owned by Marvin Hajos before his death, is up for auction this Saturday by Gulf Coast Livestock in Madison, Florida. The animals are being sold as part of the last wishes of Hajos, whose cassowary attacked him after he took a spill on his farm in Alachua County, authorities said. “My understanding is that the gentleman was in the vicinity of the bird and at some point fell.

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