World's most dangerous bird kills owner

Cassowaries can weigh nearly 50 kilos and have dagger-like claws.
Cassowaries can weigh nearly 50 kilos and have dagger-like claws. Photo credit: Getty Images

A large emu-like bird has killed a farmer, after the Florida man fell over.

Marvin Hajos was taken to hospital but died following the attack by a cassowary.

The flightless birds, with dagger-like claws, which can stand as tall as 1.8m, are considered the world's most dangerous.

Alachua County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Brett Rhodenizer said 75-year-old Hajos was the owner of the bird and the farm where the attack occurred.

"Initial information indicates that this was a tragic accident for Mr. Hajos and his family," Rhodenizer told Gainesville.com.

"It looks like it was accidental. 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.

"The cassowary involved remains secured on private property at this time."

Cassowaries are native to New Guinea and parts of Australia, as well as some Indonesian islands, and are known to attack people and animals if they feel threatened.

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