The “most dangerous bird in the world” killed its owner after the man fell on his property in Florida.
The bird’s owner has been identified as 65-year-old Marvin Hajos, a breeder who raised cassowaries on his property in Gainesville, Florida. Hajos called 911 on April 12 after reportedly falling in his backyard.
According to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Hajos was attacked by the large bird and taken to a nearby hospital where he later died of his injuries. Officials say they believe the death was an accident. The cassowary will remain on the property while officials investigate the attack.
Cassowaries are large, flightless birds similar to emus and are native to Australia and New Guinea. They can stand more than five feet tall and weigh up to 167 pounds. The San Diego Zoo considers the bird to be the “most dangerous bird in the world,” as each three-toed foot has a dagger-like claw up to four inches long. They can also jump nearly seven feet in the air.
“The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick,” the zoo stated. “Powerful legs help the cassowary run up to 31 miles per hour through the dense forest underbrush.”