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Giant flightless bird RIPS its Florida owner to death with dagger-like talons

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FunkyMike    1,855

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FILE PHOTO: Cassowary © Global Look Press /dpa / Holger Hollemann

 

A Florida man has been attacked and killed by a close relative of the emu, the cassowary, a human-sized flightless bird feared for its huge claws and swift powerful movements. The man was reportedly a breeder of the exotic birds.

 

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.

 

According to the Alachua County Fire Rescue Department, the heavily built bird made good use of its killer claws, which can grow up to four inches (10cm) long, when it pounced on its elderly owner.

 

Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor told the Gainesville Sun that the bird's attack was swift and ruthless, and apparently happened after Hajos fell to the ground. It likely took the bird, which can run at speeds of up to 31mph (50kph), mere seconds to close in on its prey and tear him to pieces.

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

Upon being called to the scene on Friday, rescuers rushed Hajos to hospital but he could not be saved and succumbed to his injuries shortly afterwards.

 

The fate of the murderous bird is unclear. For the time being, it has been isolated on a private property, according to the sheriff's office spokesman Lt. Brett Rhodenizer, who called the clash between the man and the bird a "tragic accident."

 

Cassowaries, which are known as "the most dangerous bird in the world" have attacked people before and are understood to pose a significant danger to both humans and pets. However, while there have been multiple reports of people getting injured by the bird, there has been only one known fatality which dates back to 1926, and it was not entirely unprovoked. Philipp McLean, 16, was killed by a cassowary after he hit the bird with his horse's bridle for attacking his dog. In the ensuing chase, the boy tripped and fell, and the bird sliced his neck with its sharp claws.

 

The largest cassowary species can stand up to 1.2-1.7 meters (5.6 feet) in height and weigh up to 76kg (167 pounds). Female cassowaries are bigger and taller than males. A special permission is needed to own cassowaries in the US, which mandates that owners must have "substantial experience" in handling the birds and keep them caged.

 

https://www.rt.com/usa/456453-casowary-bird-kills-american/

 

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Steven P.    13,862

Wish a better source had been used, I read about this hours ago on the BBC which did not assume the bird had a murderous intent, the real story is a tragic accident: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47924486

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FunkyMike    1,855
28 minutes ago, Steven P. said:

Wish a better source had been used, I read about this hours ago on the BBC which did not assume the bird had a murderous intent, the real story is a tragic accident: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47924486

Don't think the outlet matters for this story, as it is tragic all the same minus the click bait with which I agree.

 

Initially saw this on MSN which is older than the BBC source.

 

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/man-attacked-and-killed-by-giant-bird-after-falling-over/

(MS launcher)

 

Don't get me wrong but the Assange video you posted via The Sun with the tag: "Julian Assange arrested shouting "RESIST" at Ecuadorian Embassy" could have also been sourced from its initial Ruptly (rt) source. It had a kinder tagline:

"EXCLUSIVE: Assange arrested & escorted out of Ecuadorian Embassy"

 

 

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FloatingFatMan    18,674

This is why you don't have wild animals as pets.

 

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PGHammer    1,482
18 minutes ago, FloatingFatMan said:

This is why you don't have wild animals as pets.

 

It is NOT a question of it being a cassowary, Floating - the same has been true of both the emu and the ostrich (both have been raised as guard animals - and not just the United States).  What YOU are basically saying (to the unfortunate victim) is "Serves you right for varying from the normal and accepted guard animal.")  The same could, in fact, have been the case with ANY guard animal - even a more common one (such as a guard dog).  That the animal in question is different is what is news here.

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FloatingFatMan    18,674
1 hour ago, PGHammer said:

It is NOT a question of it being a cassowary, Floating - the same has been true of both the emu and the ostrich (both have been raised as guard animals - and not just the United States).  What YOU are basically saying (to the unfortunate victim) is "Serves you right for varying from the normal and accepted guard animal.")  The same could, in fact, have been the case with ANY guard animal - even a more common one (such as a guard dog).  That the animal in question is different is what is news here.

No, what I'm saying is it's his own fault for attempting to domesticate an animal that has not been bred to be around humans, and won't react in any kind of predicable way that 1000's of years of domestic breeding would give you.

 

You might as well stick your head into a gator's mouth and expect it not to chomp.

 

 

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+Jimmy1    10,392

Only ever heard of them from Far Cry 3... 

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Rail Grinder    127

That bird's probably as close to a dinosaur as we'll get and dino instincts most likely just kicked in when he fell and exposed vulnerability.

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Jim K    13,483
2 hours ago, Jimmy1 said:

Only ever heard of them from Far Cry 3... 

Look up the Great Emu War.  :) 

 

 

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Zagadka    4,060

Meh, exotic pet breeder. Almost all animals aren't meant for that treatment. Not saying that the guy deserved what he got, but it is frequently a scummy practice and they're playing with fire.

 

Unfortunately, in cases like this the animal is frequently destroyed. Poor thing. Even "regular" birds can be extremely vicious. The big ones are damn dangerous.

 

There was that story last week of that poacher who got trampled by elephants and eaten by lions. THAT guy definitely did deserve what he got. Smugglers and exotic breeders are just a step above that.

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