A Florida sheriff has reportedly instituted a death investigation after an exotic bird carrying dagger-like claws attacked and killed its 75-year-old owner.
Marvin Hajos has bred the Cassowary, a giant flightless bird that resembles an emu who eventually killed him after he fell on his farm near Gainesville on Friday.
The San Diego Zoo calls the endangered cassowary, which is up to 6 feet high and has long claws, the most dangerous bird in the world.
Hajos' death is being investigated by Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell, reports Gainesville Sun. He was identified on Saturday.
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"Initial information indicates that this was a tragic accident for Mr. Hajos and his family," said Lt. Brett Rhodenizer of the newspaper.
He said the casuar who killed Hajos "remains secure private property."
The sun reported that she had talked to a woman on the farm whom she called Hajo's fiancée.
"He did what he loved," she said in a short interview.
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The owners of the cassowary sector need a permit to own the birds under Florida law, the newspaper said.
To obtain a permit, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission requires that casuarians have "considerable experience" and must meet certain cage requirements, spokeswoman Karen Parker told the newspaper.
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She said the commission lists the cassowary as a species of wildlife that can "pose a danger to humans."