GAINESVILLE (CBSMiami/AP) — The exotic, flightless cassowary bird that killed a Florida man is being auctioned off with 100 other exotic animals from the same estate.
The Gainesville Sun reports the Gulf Coast Livestock Auction will auction the cassowary that killed 75-year-old Marvin Hajos in accordance with his last wishes.READ MORE: 2 Doral Police Officers Injured In Shooting Near Miami-Dade Police Headquarters; Suspect Killed ID'd By Police
Alachua County Sheriff’s officials say Hajos apparently fell April 12 and the bird attacked him. First responders rushed him to a hospital but he died.
Cassowaries are similar to emus, stand up to 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall and weigh up to 130 pounds (60 kilograms).READ MORE: Shot Doral Police Officer In Serious But Stable Condition, Second Officer Recovering
The animals being auctioned include two double-wattled cassowaries and five ring-tailed and ruffed lemurs.
Fish and Wildlife spokesman Robert Klepper said buyers must be licensed to legally possess the animals.MORE NEWS: South Florida PBA Union President Steadman Stahl On Stress Of Being A Police Officer
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