PREHISTORIC CASSOWARY THAT KILLED FLORIDA OWNER FOR SALE
Ok, sure, that title is a little dry and leading. But maybe you didn’t hear? Earlier this month, a cassowary killed its owner and caretaker. But if you didn’t hear, that makes no sense to you. First off, a cassowary is a prehistoric bird, native to Southeast Asia and Australia. They can stand up to 6 and a half feet tall. But they also have a claw on each foot that can be as much as 5 inches long. Experts consider them to be the most dangerous bird in the world. So yes, we had a cassowary killing here in the United States. In Florida on April 12th, Marvin Hajos fell between two pens, each of which contained a cassowary bird. But unfortunately for him, one of the birds could reach him with its claws. The wounds the bird gave Hajos killed him. But now, they’re for sale!
THESE ARE THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS BIRDS, IT’S NOT EVEN CLOSE
So ok, that’s the easy background. I’ve actually hiked in areas overseas where cassowary birds reside. But absolutely everyone told me that if I saw one of these killer elite chickens, I was not to mess with them. In the wild, they can run up to you and kick out at your midsection. That doesn’t sound so bad, right? Except that they are big, they are strong and they have these deadly claws. They can easily, EASILY disembowel you. It’s for real. But Marvin Hajos had two of these critters, and they have eggs. Many think that he was attempting to check on the eggs when he received his grievous wounds. Cassowaries, like most creatures, are even more aggressive when they are protecting their young.
KILLER CASSOWARIES AND THEIR EGGS GO TO HIGHEST BIDDER IN FLORIDA AUCTION
So if crazy dangerous animals appeal to you and you have the crazy money needed to both buy and house them properly, they are up for auction in just two days! Gulf Coast Livestock Auction will sell all of Hajos’ collection of animals on Saturday. These include the two cassowaries and their eggs, 26 marmosets, 19 macaws and five lemurs. So the auction is open to the public. But not to the media in any way or fashion: “news media will be refused entrance.” And if you do go to watch the auction unfold, don’t take out your phone or camera for pictures. The auction’s flyer warns, “Your video equipment may or may not be confiscated until all video recordings are destroyed.”
So I don’t know why they’re being so strict about that. But maybe cassowaries are kind of like Sean Penn when it comes to the media. Prehistoric aggression.