A Florida man was attacked and killed by his pet exotic bird in what the sheriff's office deemed "a tragic accident", WCJB reports.
A 75-year-old man has been killed by a large, flightless creature that is considered to be the "world's most risky bird". "When he fell he was attacked", Jeff Taylor, deputy chief of Alachua County Fire Rescue, said.
"When he fell, he was attacked".
Cassowary diets consist exclusively of fruit, but each of the birds' three-toed feet hides a "dagger-like" claw on the inner toe that can grow up to 4 inches long, according to information published online by the San Diego Zoo. A second call came from another person at the scene who reported a medical emergency involving a large bird, said Lt. Joshua Crews of the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.
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"My understanding is that the gentleman was in the vicinity of the bird and at some point fell", he said.
"The cassowary involved remains secured on private property at this time", he said.
Firefighters and paramedics took Hajos to a hospital, where he died, officials said.
Similar to the emu, cassowaries are one of the biggest species in the world.
They're not usually found in the United States, but they are sought out by exotic animal lovers and do require a permit to own.
"The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick", the website says.
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