A captive cassowary, the large flightless bird considered the most risky of its species, killed a man Friday near Gainesville.
Marvin Hajos, 75, was near his pet cassowary when he fell, and the bird attacked, according to Alachua County Fire Rescue.
According to the San Diego Zoo, the Cassowary is the "world's most unsafe bird", with a 4-inch dagger-like claw on each foot.
Speaking to local media, Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor said: "It looks like it was accidental".More news: Two children killed as storms, tornadoes move through Texas
According to initial reports, the man was breeding the birds, which are usually found in Australia and New Guinea.
The birds can run up to 30 miles per hour (50km/h) and have a five-inch claw on each foot.
Police say the bird involved in the incident remains at the property where the incident happened.
"The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick", states information from the San Diego Zoo.
To obtain the mandatory permit, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission requires cassowary owners to have "substantial experience" and meet specific cage requirements, spokeswoman Karen Parker told the newspaper.More news: Five things to know about the Ontario budget
Cassowaries, which are known as "the most risky bird in the world" have attacked people before and are understood to pose a significant danger to both humans and pet animals.
Southern cassowaries, the most well-known of the three cassowary species, can measure between 4 and 5.6 feet tall, with females weighing in at up to 167 pounds, according to the San Diego Zoo.
She said the commission lists the cassowary as a type of wildlife that can "pose a danger to people".
'We're looking to confirm our suspicions that this is a awful accident for the man and his family, ' Lt. Lt. Brett Rhodenizer said, according to the Miami Herald.More news: House committee chair extends deadline for Trump's tax returns