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A Florida man was attacked and killed by his giant, flightless bird. Now it's up for sale  4 Weeks ago

Source:   USA Today  

The large, flightless bird that attacked and killed its owner in Florida earlier this month is up for sale.

About 100 other exotic animals that once belonged to Marvin Hajos are being sold at an auction on April 27, according to an announcement from the Gulf Coast Livestock Auction.

“This is a premier breeding collection of animals and rare opportunity to be offered at public auction,” the auction house said.

Hajos, 75, was attacked on April 12 after falling on a path near the enclosure of his two cassowaries, a type of flightless bird. Paramedics transported him to the hospital where he died of his injuries, according to police.

Police spokesperson Lt. Brett Rhodenizer called Hajos’ death “a tragic accident.”

It’s unclear which of the two birds attacked Hajos, but both are up for sale. The auction house is barring all news media from the event and will not allow videotaping.

Cassowaries are similar to emus and stand up to 6 feet tall and weigh up to 130 pounds, with black body feathers and bright blue heads and necks. The San Diego Zoo’s website calls cassowaries the world’s most dangerous bird with a 4-inch, dagger-like claw on each foot.

“The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick. Powerful legs help the cassowary run up to 31 miles per hour through the dense forest underbrush,” the website says.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission lists cassowaries along with animals such as alligators, clouded leopards and wolverines as Class II wildlife because they can “pose a danger to people.” Owners must have a permit and “substantial experience and specific cage requirements must be met.”

The sale’s auctioneer, Scotty Wilson, told the Daily Beast that everyone who attends is required to preregister and have a captive wildlife license or permit.

Wilson also told the outlet that “full disclosure” about the bird’s violent history would be made.

 

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