Man attacked and killed in Florida by large flightless bird

Deputies: Large bird attacked, killed its owner

Deputies: Large bird attacked, killed its owner

The bird's owner, Marvin Hajos - who is 75, according to CNN affiliate WCJB - made the initial call to 911 Friday about 10 a.m. ET.

A man has been attacked and killed by the "world's deadliest bird".

Alachua County Sheriff Department told the BBC they were called to the man's property on Friday and found the man badly wounded by a cassowary.

A 75-year-old man was attacked and killed by a large exotic bird he kept as a pet on his property in Florida, known to experts as the "world's most risky bird", authorities said.

Regarded as the world's most unsafe bird, they stand up to 1.8 metres tall, can weigh up to 60 kilograms, and they have a 10-centimetre, dagger-like claw on each foot.

A foreign bird has killed its Floridian owner.

Lieutenant Brett Rhodenizer with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office says at this time, it seems the attack was "a tragic accident".

Cassowaries are eaten in parts of New Guinea.

The man, whose name was not released, had sustained "serious injuries" and was transported to a local hospital, said Alachua County Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor in an email.

The birds can run up to 30 miles per hour (50km/h) and have a five-inch claw on each foot.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission considers cassowaries Class II wildlife, meaning they pose a danger to humans and are subject to specific cage requirements. "The cassowary is rightfully considered the most unsafe bird in the world!"

A cassowary at Sydney Wild Life Zoo. Their head, neck and throat areas are featherless, which reveal bright blue skin.

"The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick", the website says.

"We're looking to confirm our suspicions that this is a frightful accident for the man and his family", Lt. Rhodenizer said.