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Auction of 100 exotic pets includes cassowary that killed Florida man

Steven Adams
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More than 100 exotic animals need homes after one of them killed their owner.

Earlier this month, Marvin Hajos, 75, was killed by a cassowary he kept at his 6-acre farm near Alachua, Florida, the Gainsville Sun reports.

That large bird is now one of the animals being auctioned by Gulf Coast Livestock Auction as one of Hajos’ last wishes, reports the Sun.

Now, the flightless bird, along with other vulnerable and endangered species, is being auctioned as one of Hajos’ last wishes, according to Gulf Coast Livestock Auction.

Cassowaries are similar to emus, stand up to 6 feet tall and weigh up to 130 pounds, according to the Associated Press.

Gulf Coast Livestock Auction Manager Jammi Wilson told the gainsville Sun that the business has all the necessary licenses and procedures to sell the animals.

“I don’t want to talk about it,” she said, shortly before hanging up on the Sun. “It’s really no one’s business.”

The group’s Facebook page had a list of more than 100 animals up for sale and called the event “the absolute auction and complete dispersal of the animal estate of Marvin Hajos.”

Fish and Wildlife spokesman Robert Klepper said buyers must be licensed to legally possess the animals, reports the Associated Press.

Read more at the Gainsville Sun.

Steven Adams is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Steven at 412-380-5645 or [email protected].

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