Man killed by large flightless bird that he owned in Florida

A 75-year-old man has been killed in Florida after he was attacked by a large flightless bird he owned.

Alachua County Sheriff Department said they were called to the man's property on Friday 12th April and found the man badly wounded by a cassowary.

The man, named Marvin Hajos, was taken to hospital by paramedics where he died from his injuries.

Police are investigating but say initial information suggests this was a "tragic accident".

It happened south of the city of Alachua in northern Florida.

Mr Hajos had kept exotic animals, including llamas, for decades, reports from local newspapers say.

Similar in appearance to emus, cassowary are among the largest and heaviest bird species in the world - and can weigh more than 100lb (45kg).

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