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A large, flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea attacked and killed its owner on a farm in Florida, according to authorities.
The man, identified by police as 75-year-old Marvin Hajos, raised cassowaries and was injured after falling on a path near their enclosure Friday, according to Alachua County Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor. Paramedics found Hajos just after 10 a.m. on Friday and transported him to the hospital where he died of his injuries, police said.
“Our crews worked very hard to give the victim the best chance possible at survival," Taylor said via email.
There were two birds onsite but Taylor said it’s unclear whether they both participated in the attack.
Cassowaries are similar to emus and stand up to 6 feet tall and weigh up to 130 pounds, with black body feathers and bright blue heads and necks. The San Diego Zoo’s website calls cassowaries the world’s most dangerous bird with a four-inch, dagger-like claw on each foot.
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