A cassowary has attacked and killed its 75-year-old owner immediately after the man fell more than on his house in Florida.
The Alachua County Fire Rescue Division told the Gainesville Sun that a cassowary killed the man on Friday on the house close to Gainesville, probably applying its lengthy claws. The victim was apparently breeding the birds, state wildlife officials stated.
“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.
He stated initial responders got a contact on Friday morning and rushed the man to a hospital for trauma care but he died.
The county sheriff’s workplace identified the victim as Marvin Hajos, 75.
“Initial facts indicates that this was a tragic accident for Mr Hajos,” stated Lieutenant Brett Rhodenizer, a sheriff’s workplace spokesman, in an e mail to the paper.
“The cassowary involved remains secured on private house at this time,” he stated.
Cassowaries are big, flightless birds that are native to Australia and New Guinea comparable to emus that stand up to 1.eight metres tall and weigh up to 60 kilograms with black physique feathers and vibrant blue heads and necks. The San Diego Zoo’s web site calls cassowaries the world’s most unsafe bird with 10 centimetre, dagger-like claw on every foot.
“The cassowary can slice open any predator or possible threat with a single swift kick. Potent legs assist the cassowary run up to 50km/h by means of the dense forest underbrush,” the web site says.
Cassowaries are eaten in components of PNG but in the US but are sought immediately after by collectors of exotic birds.
To receive a mandatory permit, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission needs cassowary owners to have “substantial experience” and meet distinct cage specifications, spokeswoman Karen Parker told the newspaper. She stated the commission lists the cassowary as a variety of wildlife that can “pose a danger to people”.
Initially published as Man tragically killed by pet bird