Florida Man Killed By Bird He Was Breeding – IOTW Report

Florida Man Killed By Bird He Was Breeding


A Florida man was attacked and killed by a giant cassowary bird known for its sharp, dagger-like claws.

Authorities believe Marvin Hajos, 75, was breeding cassowaries when he fell and was attacked by the bird.

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.

Said by the San Diego Zoo to be the world’s most dangerous birds, cassowaries stand up to 6 feet tall and can weigh up to 130 pounds.

The giant birds have a long, dagger-like claw on each foot.

26 Comments on Florida Man Killed By Bird He Was Breeding

  1. The headline sort of implies that he was breeding the bird. If that’s the case it’s no wonder this very large bird kicked him to death. Beware the bird, this video should be accompanied by The Trashmen singing The Bird from the early 60’s.

  2. There is something strange about people keeping animals that can kill them….. I do not get it.
    “Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.” Geo. Orwell

  3. @Crackerbaby April 14, 2019 at 10:33 am

    > There is something strange about people keeping animals that can kill them….. I do not get it.

    You don’t vote Democrat, do you?

  4. …I know they did NOT mean that he was breeding WITH the bird, but for some reason it made me think of all the poor chickens that Adam Schiff raped to death in his formative years…

    …and no, I do not know that for a fact. He just LOOKS like the kind that would do it, AND he’s a Democrat, so I just assume…


  5. Has anyone ever seen one of these birds? We did at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia. I stood there looking at the bird and thought that it wasn’t real until it moved its head. It had the most beautiful colors on its head. The curator told us that the bird often gets hit by cars. Well too bad for the man, he should have known the dangers of the bird.

  6. grool APRIL 14, 2019 AT 10:28 AM
    Wonder what it tastes like.

    I believe it has a similar flavor to the spotted owl. Best done by taking a four pound piece of the breast and cooking it in a cream sauce in a slow cooker (any cream soup mix will work using half and half instead of milk or water) on a bed of shallots and pearl onions. Place the finished meat on a bed of 50/50 wild and brown rice and cover with he sauce from the slow cooker. Good eats…

    Your welcome

  7. My rooster can breed that bird, no problem 😉

    I have the sweetest rooster. He does whatever it takes to get the cookie. He sweet talks the girls, feeds them, tricks and lies to them so they’ll move in close to him. . .He always get his girl.

  8. That’s it!
    We need to ban all cassowaries right now!
    (or at least register them)
    If it even saves the life of one Floridian, it’s worth it.

    izlamo delenda est …

  9. Should have bred Kiwis instead.
    I wouldn’t recommend Emus, Ostriches or Rheas either. Nor chimps or baboons. Elephants, rhinos, big cats and giraffes pose significant problems. Gorillas are clearly out of the question.
    I wouldn’t trust a Sasquatch even if house-trained.

    Too late for Dodos and passenger Pigeons.

  10. Johnny – I once had a rooster like that. He tried to makes everything on the farm. He wuz one busy boy! Then one day I looked out the window and saw him just laying in the barnyard and thought he’d had a heart-attack or something. When I went out to check on him, he put a wing over his beak, said shhhhhhhh while pointing up at the sky with his other wing to the vultures circling overhead!

  11. Love that story TRF! Oldie but a goodie 🙂

    This roo thinks we are buddies. Very friendly.

    I should probably ask him to help me figure out where I went wrong in love 😉

  12. Was away…

    Supernightshade APRIL 14, 2019 AT 11:45 AM
    …how about in a casserole with a nice mixture of cassowary and whooping crane, @Anymouse?

    Not sure you’ll see this, but prefer the trumpeter swan to the whooping crane with fish tacos as appetizer using the snail darter. Good Eats!


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