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Rare emu-like bird attacks and kills owner in Florida

Press Trust of India  |  Houston 

The 75-year-old owner of a farm in was attacked and killed by a giant that is considered one of the world's most dangerous, US said on Monday.

was killed by a cassowary, a huge bird with long claws on each foot, after he fell in the backyard of his Gainesville, Florida, home on Friday, officials told

Hajos was transported to a nearby hospital, where he died, Lt. of the said.

The cassowary remains on Hajos' property as authorities conduct an investigation into the attack, he said.

The owner was a breeder of the rare bird that is native to and New Guinea, Alachua County said.

The death was an accident, officials said. It appears the man fell, and the cassowary attacked him after the fall, Taylor said.

The Fish and considers cassowaries Class II wildlife, meaning they pose a danger to humans and are subject to specific cage requirements. Owners must also have "substantial experience" with the animals, the commission says.

The cassowary is a "large, most closely related to the emu," according to the It can run up to 31 mph (50 kmph) through dense underbrush, jump almost 7 feet into the air and is a skilled swimmer, so it can deftly fend off threats, the zoo says.

They can grow more than 5 feet tall and the heaviest females can weigh more than 160 pounds (72 kgs), the zoo says. Males weigh up to 120 pounds (54 kgs).

"The cassowary is rightfully considered the most dangerous bird in the world!" the zoo says.

"Each 3-toed foot has a dagger-like claw on the inner toe that is up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) long! The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 16:30 IST
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