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Cassowary: 'World's deadliest bird' attacks, kills owner

 The bird has "dagger-like" claws that can slice through flesh.

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

The 75-year-old man was savaged after he stumbled in the cassowary's enclosure while feeding it in Florida.

A cassowary is a large, flightless bird native to the tropical forests of New Guinea and north-eastern Australia.

The birds can kill humans and other animals with their huge talons capable of ripping open flesh.

The man, named in US media as Marvin Hajos, was mauled at 10am yesterday.

Lieutenant Brett Rhodenizer, from the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, told mycbs4.com : "Unfortunately, he did not survive his injuries at the hospital."

"We are working in our investigation to confirm this was in fact a tragic accident for a man and his family."

 A keeper at the Cikananga Animal Rescue Centre feeding a cassowary at the sanctuary in Sukabumi, West Java. Photo: Reuters.

The bird was reportedly being kept at the property as a pet. It has since been secured at the site, police said.

Cassowarys are not traded for meat in the US but are kept by some collectors.

The can grow up to 6ft tall and are described by San Diego Zoo as the most dangerous bird in the world due to their "dagger-like claws".

The organisation says: "The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick.

"Powerful legs help the cassowary run up to 31mph through the dense forest underbrush."

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