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A Cassowary bird killed a man in Florida

A 75-year-old man has been killed in the south of the city of Alachua in northern Florida after he was attacked by a large Cassowary bird he owned.

Marvin Hajos was taken to hospital by paramedics and he died from his injuries. "My understanding is that the gentleman was in the vicinity of the bird and at some point fell. When he fell, he was attacked," Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor told to media. Mr Hajos had kept exotic animals for decades. Cassowary are among the largest and heaviest bird species in the world, native to New Guinea, and can weigh more than 100lb (45kg). Those birds are similar to emus and stand up to six feet tall. They  have a five-inch claw on each foot. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission consider cassowary a Class II species, which require a permit for ownership.

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Cassowary bird at a zoo

Cassowaries are very wary of humans, but if provoked they are capable of inflicting serious injuries, occasionally fatal, to dogs and people. Cassowaries have three-toed feet with sharp claws. The second toe, the inner one in the medial position, has a dagger-like claw that can be 125 mm (5 in) long. This claw is particularly fearsome since cassowaries sometimes kick humans or animals. According to the San Diego Zoo's website, cassowaries are the world's most dangerous bird. The first documented human death was caused by a cassowary on April 6, 1926.

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