Deputies: Large bird attacked, killed its owner

Deputies: Large bird attacked, killed its owner

Big flightless bird kills its owner after stumble in Florida

A 75-year-old man was attacked and killed by a large exotic bird he kept as a pet on his property in Florida, known to experts as the "world's most unsafe bird", authorities said. The victim's name was not released, but reports said he was apparently breeding the animals. A special permission is needed to own cassowaries in the USA, which mandates that owners must have "substantial experience" in handling the birds and keep them caged.

A cassowary, a giant bird with long claws on each foot, killed its owner after he fell in the backyard of his Gainesville, Florida, home, officials told CNN. "When he fell, he was attacked".

Upon being called to the scene on Friday, rescues rushed Hajos to the hospital but he could not be saved and succumbed to his injuries shortly after.

The cassowary, which looks similar to an Australian emu, then pounced on him, according to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.

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

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The bird remains secured on private property.

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

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

The cassowary is native to Australia and New Guinea, according to the San Diego Zoo, and it can easily take out an opponent when it feels threatened.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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

They are not raised for food, but are sought after by collectors.

'The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick.

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

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