Alachua, Fla. — A big, flightless hen referred to as the world’s “most harmful” attacked  and killed its proprietor when the person fell on his farm in Florida, authorities mentioned Saturday. The Alachua County Sheriff’s workplace advised CBS affiliate WGFL-TV {that a} cassowary killed the person Friday on the property close to Gainesville, seemingly utilizing its lengthy claws.

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The sufferer was apparently breeding the birds, that are native to Australia and New Guinea, state wildlife officers mentioned.

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This photograph taken on August 23, 2017 reveals a cassowary wandering about in New Guinea.

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“My understanding is that the gentleman was within the neighborhood of the hen and sooner or later fell. When he fell, he was attacked,” Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor advised the Gainesville Solar. He mentioned first responders acquired a name at 10 a.m. Friday and rushed the person to a hospital for trauma care however he died.

The county sheriff’s workplace recognized the sufferer as Marvin Hajos, 75, and mentioned a loss of life investigation has been opened.

“Preliminary data signifies that this was a tragic accident for Mr. Hajos,” mentioned Lt. Brett Rhodenizer, a sheriff’s workplace spokesman, in an e-mail to the paper. “The cassowary concerned stays secured on non-public property right now.”

Cassowaries are much like emus and stand as much as 6 toes tall and weigh as much as 130 kilos, with black physique feathers and distinctive, vivid blue heads and necks.

The San Diego Zoo’s web site calls the cassowary the “world’s most harmful hen” with a four-inch, “dagger-like” claw on every foot. The zoo says it’s second heaviest hen on this planet, after its cousin the ostrich. 

“The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential risk with a single swift kick. Highly effective legs assist the cassowary run as much as 31 miles per hour by means of the dense forest underbrush,” the web site says.

The hen may soar almost 7 toes up into the air, the zoo says.  

Cassowaries are eaten in elements of New Guinea. The birds are usually not raised for meals within the U.S., however are wanted by collectors of unique birds, based on authorities.

To acquire a compulsory allow, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fee requires cassowary homeowners to have “substantial expertise” and meet particular cage necessities, spokeswoman Karen Parker advised the newspaper. She mentioned the fee lists the cassowary as a sort of wildlife that may “pose a hazard to folks.”

Wildlife officers didn’t reply cellphone calls late Saturday from The Related Press and it wasn’t instantly recognized what would occur with the hen.

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