Published: Mon, April 15, 2019

Bird kills Florida farmer with its 'murderous' claws

Bird kills Florida farmer with its 'murderous' claws

It has been called "the world's most unsafe bird", due to its 4-inch dagger-like claws and incredibly strong legs.

A man has been killed by a large flightless bird.

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.

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

The San Diego Zoo's website calls them the world's most unsafe bird with a four-inch (10-centimeter), dagger-like claw on each foot that can cut open people or predators.

"When he fell, he was attacked", Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor of the Alachua County Fire Rescue Department told the Gainesville Sun newspaper.


A spokesman from the sheriff's office said "Initial information indicates that this was a tragic accident for Mr Hajos". The bird is now secured on private property. It appears the man fell, and the cassowary attacked him after the fall, Taylor said. It features black body feathers and a distinct blue head and neck.

The southern cassowary is considered endangered under Australia law and "vulnerable" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.

The fate of the birds will be decided by whoever takes control over the farm, said Lt. Joshua Crews of the sheriff's office. "Powerful legs help the cassowary run up to 31 miles per hour (50 kilometers per hour) through the dense forest underbrush", the zoo said on its website.

It has daggerlike claws on its inner toes that can grow up to 4 inches long.

'The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick. The birds are sought after in the United States by collectors of exotic birds.

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