The large, flightless birds are native to Australia and the island of New Guinea, but are sought after by collectors of exotic birds in the United States.
Police say the bird involved in the incident remains at the property where the incident happened. The man is said to be a breeder of the exotic birds.
Cassowaries, which are known as "the most risky bird in the world" have attacked people before and are understood to pose a significant danger to both humans and pet animals. When he fell, he was attacked, ' Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor told the newspaper.
Upon being called to the scene on Friday, rescues rushed Hajos to the hospital but he could not be saved and succumbed to his injuries shortly after.
The county sheriff's office identified the victim as Marvin Hajos, 75, and said an investigation into his death had been opened.Читайте также: $400,000 Raised for Boy Thrown From Balcony at MOA
"Initial information indicates that this was a tragic accident for Mr Hajos", said Lieutenant Brett Rhodenizer, a sheriff's office spokesman. It can run up to 31 miles per hour through dense underbrush, jump nearly 7 feet into the air and is a skilled swimmer, so it can deftly fend off threats, the zoo says.
They have black feathers on their body and a bright blue neck and head.
The organisation says: "The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick". The birds are not raised for food in the US, but are sought after by collectors of exotic birds, according to authorities.
"Substantial experience and specific cage requirements must be met" for a permit to be issued for handling these types of animals, FWC spokeswoman Karen Parker said.
The southern cassowary is considered endangered under Australia law and "vulnerable" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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