Rare ’emu-like’ bird kills FL man; he joins tragic list of pet owners killed by bears, hippos, and yes, the camel that humped its owner to death
| April 14, 2019
CNN – A cassowary, a giant bird with long claws on each foot, killed its owner after he fell in the backyard of his Gainesville, Florida, home, officials told CNN.
The bird’s owner, Marvin Hajos, 75, made the initial call to 911 Friday about 10 a.m. ET.
A second call came from another person at the scene who reported a medical emergency involving a large bird, said Lt. Joshua Crews of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.
Hajos was transported to a nearby hospital, where he died, the lieutenant said. The cassowary remains on Hajos’ property as authorities conduct an investigation into the attack, he said.
The owner was a breeder of the rare bird that is native to Australia and New Guinea.
According to the San Diego Zoo:
“The cassowary is rightfully considered the most dangerous bird in the world! Each 3-toed foot has a dagger-like claw on the inner toe that is up to 4 inches long! The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick.” READ MORE.
15 Tragic Stories Of People Killed By Their Pets
Humped by a pet camel, mauled by a pet bear, chomped by a pet hippo – no one should have to die this way
When will we learn that certain animals were never meant to be domesticated? Exotic pet owners now have at least sixteen examples of the lethal dangers of confining wildlife.
Katia Kleyman, guff.com
1. Pet Python Strangles Owner
31-year-old British man Dan Brandon was found lifeless in his apartment next to his gigantic Burmese python. Brandon had many pet snakes in his home, but apparently this python escaped its cage. The coroner determined that he died from asphyxiation.
2. Toddler Strangled By Python
Small children and massive reptiles are not a good mix. In 2011, Jane Hare and her boyfriend Charles Darnell of Florida were sentenced to 12 years in prison for third-degree murder and child neglect.
Two years earlier, Hare’s two-year-old daughter Shaianna was strangled by the couple’s pet albino Burmese python. The snake was severely underweight at 13 pounds, when a snake of its size should weigh around 150 pounds. The snake escaped its enclosure and attacked the girl in her crib.
3. Man Mauled To Death By Deer
In 2010, a 67-year-old East Texas man named Gerald Rushton was killed by a 550-pound European red stag he was keeping on his property. Rushton cared for many other wild animals at his home. Rushton entered the deer’s pen to feed it when the animal became aggressive and pinned Rushton to the fence with its massive antlers.
4. Woman Mauled By Pet Bear
In 2009, a 37-year-old Pennsylvania woman, Kelly Ann Walz, was killed as she attempted to clean her pet back bear’s cage. Her husband had a license to house exotic wildlife, which also included a tiger, lion and jaguar, but the license had expired a year earlier. Walz’s children witnessed the horrific attack and a neighbor shot and killed the bear as it was mauling her.
5. Farmer Bitten To Death By Pet Hippo
Hippos are among the most aggressive and dangerous animals that inhabit the African continent. In 2011, Marius Els, a 40-year-old farmer in South Africa was killed by his pet hippo Humphrey. Els had previously said that Humphrey was like a “son to me.”
6. Humped To Death By Camel
Yes, you read that title right. In 2007, a 60-year-old woman named Pam Weaver was killed by her horny pet camel. She passed away after the camel pinned her down to the ground and tried to straddle her … Read more / DETAILS BELOW.
Humped To Death By A Pet Camel
METRO.CO.UK, 19 Aug 2007 – A randy camel has killed its woman owner after apparently trying to mate with her.
The ten-month-old animal, weighing 330 lbs. knocked exotic pet lover Pam Weaver to the ground before trying to straddle her.
Husband Noel, who gave her the camel as a 60th birthday present in March, returned home to discover his wife’s body on Saturday.
The animal had a history of erratic behavior, often trying to straddle other species including the family’s pet goat.
Mrs. Weaver had a love of exotic pets. The family had considered buying her a llama or alpaca but found they were too expensive. But camel expert Chris Hill said he had no doubt its behavior was sexual. Read more.
HEADLINE HEALTH HAS REPEATEDLY COVERED THE DANGERS OF EXOTIC PETS:
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