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Authorities pronounced an elderly Florida man dead Friday after he was attacked by his pet cassowary bird.
Marvin Hajos, 75, died Friday after succumbing to injuries from the bird’s attack, The Washington Post reported Sunday. Emergency responders went to Hajos’ farm in Alachua after receiving a distressed call around 10 a.m. Friday, according to Lt. Josh Crews with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, the Post reported.
Cassowaries - Australia - New - Guinea - Relatives
Cassowaries are native to Australia and New Guinea. They are relatives of emus, ostriches and rheas. The largest of the species can approach up to 6 feet in height and are considered the most dangerous bird in the world, according to the San Diego Zoo. They are strong swimmers, can jump up to 7 feet high and can run over 30 mph.
Washington National Zoo assistant bird curator Eric Slovak described the bird as “a big, 200-pound, six-foot bird roaming around eating fruit all day,” noting that while they typically keep to themselves, their talons make them quite dangerous.
Nail - Lot - Damage - Slovak - Post
“If you were kicked by a cassowary with that nail, it would do a lot of damage to you,” Slovak told the Post. “You would wind up in the hospital for sure.”
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