Publicado: Lun, Abril 15, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Cassowary attack: giant bird kills owner in Florida after he fell

Cassowary attack: giant bird kills owner in Florida after he fell

A man has been killed by the "world's deadliest bird" after he fell and it attacked him.

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

The cassowary is a "large, flightless bird most closely related to the emu", according to the San Diego Zoo.

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

Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor told the Gainesville Sun that the bird's attack was swift and ruthless, and apparently happened after Hajos fell to the ground.

Lieutenant Brett Rhodenizer with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office says at this time, it seems the attack was "a tragic accident".

According to initial reports, the man was breeding the birds, which are usually found in Australia and New Guinea. A cassowary can also jump 7 feet into the air and run up to 31 miles per hour.

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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.

The bird was reportedly being kept at the property as a pet. They've been called 'the world's most risky bird, ' due to their four-inch dagger-like claws and incredibly strong legs.

Southern cassowaries, the most well-known of the three cassowary species, can measure between 4 and 5.6 feet tall, with females weighing in at up to 167 pounds, according to the San Diego Zoo.

The county sheriff's office identified the victim as Marvin Hajos, 75, and said an investigation into his death had been opened.

They have black body feathers and bright blue heads and necks.

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

"We're looking to confirm our suspicions that this is a terrible accident for the man and his family", Lt. Rhodenizer said.

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