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Giant flightless bird RIPS its Florida owner to death with dagger-like talons


Added 04-14-19 12:37:03am EST - “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 man is said to be a breeder of the exotic birds.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Giant flightless bird RIPS its Florida owner to death with dagger-like talons”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The cassowary, which is native to Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Australia, has been blamed for a vicious attack on its owner, a 75-year-old farmer named Marvin Hajos in Gainesville, Florida.

According to the Alachua County Fire Rescue Department, the heavy-built bird made a good use of its killer claws, which can grow up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) long when it pounced on its elderly owner.

Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor told the Gainesville Sun that the bird's attack was swift and ruthless, and apparently happened after Hajos fell to the ground. It likely took the bird, which can run up to 31 miles per hour (50 kmph), mere seconds to close in on its prey and tear him into pieces.

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

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.

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