Florida man attacked, killed by large, exotic bird he kept as pet

Big flightless bird kills its owner after stumble in Florida

Big flightless bird kills its owner after stumble in Florida

They've been called 'the world's most unsafe bird, ' due to their four-inch dagger-like claws and incredibly strong legs.

A captive cassowary, the large flightless bird considered the most risky of its species, killed a man Friday near Gainesville.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said it was notified after the incident that Hajos was breeding the bird, which is allowed with a permit.

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

According to the San Diego Zoo's website, cassowaries are the world's most risky bird, boasting a four-inch claw on each foot.

AP said the fate of the animal in the Florida encounter was not known as of Saturday evening. "When he fell, he was attacked".

They confirmed that the cassowary was still located in the building.

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A woman at the property, who identified herself as Mr Hajos' partner, told the newspaper he had been "doing what he loved".

A Florida man has been jumped on and killed by a close relative of the emu, the cassowary, a human-sized flightless bird feared for its great claws and swift powerful movements.

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

Cassowary are among the largest and heaviest bird species in the world and can grow to over 6ft and weigh more than 60kg. A single kick can slice open a potential threat.

Although they are usually thought of as shy and reclusive, like any animal, they can become violent when they feel threatened or cornered.

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

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