A flock of cassowaries — birds the size of human beings with talons like a velociraptor’s – will be available via auction in Florida this Saturday. These birds need a new home because one of them killed their owner when he fell between their cages on April 12.
Reporting on the impending murder bird sale for the New York Times, Liam Stack writes that authorities “expressed almost universal surprise at both their presence in the county and their role in a local death.”
The birds are typically found in Australia and Southeast Asia, but their now-deceased owner kept a flock of them on his property, along with about 100 other exotic animals, under an agricultural permit.
Holding the claws of a male southern cassowary… Just in case any of your friends still need convinced that 🐦 = 🦖! #gradschool #PhDlife #Paleontology #dinosaurs #birdsaredinosaurs pic.twitter.com/L6vYwyXmyx
— Sarah Davis (@PaleoFeathers) January 15, 2019
A cassowary killed it’s owner in Florida. Now the same bird is up for sale. https://t.co/97T6aATedD
— Brian Latimer (@briskwalk) April 24, 2019
For sale: a giant bird that killed its last owner in Florida.
The creature, called a cassowary, will be auctioned two weeks after slashing to death 75-year-old exotic animal lover and breeder Marvin Hajoshttps://t.co/HROCeaxy0c
— AFP news agency (@AFP) April 24, 2019
— ABC 7 News – WJLA (@ABC7News) April 16, 2019