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Cassowary claws its owner, 75, to death

A CASSOWARY breeder has been attacked and killed by one of his birds on a farm.

Marvin Hajos, 75, was clawed by the flightless bird when he fell over at his Gainesville home, in Florida, on Friday. He died hours later in hospital.

Police spokesman Lt Brett Rhodenizer said: ‘Initial information indicates this was a tragic accident.’

Cassowaries are native to Australia and New Guinea and can grow up to 6ft tall and reach 31mph.

They are considered the world’s most dangerous birds and their 4in dagger-like claws can ‘slice open any potential threat with a single swift kick’, says San Diego Zoo website.