Deer attack: Man dead, woman fighting for life

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 17, 2019

An Australian father-of-two has died and his wife is fighting for her life after they were attacked by a deer they had kept as a pet on their property in the state of Victoria.

Ambulance Victoria said she had suffered upper body and leg injuries.

"The family are just devastated. It's beyond words how they've been affected by this incident today", he said.

In the nine years to 2017, Australia has not logged any deaths directly caused by deer, though 77 deaths were linked to cows and horses, the Australian Broadcasting Corp reported, citing the national statistics agency.

Police say the deer was a Wapiti - a cross between a Red deer and an Elk. "We had the Moyhu general store for 12-and-a-half years", she said.

Describing Mr McDonald, she said: "He's a bit of a character, you could have a good laugh with him, a bit of fun".

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David Voss, president of the Australian Deer Association, a hunting and deer management organization, said farmed deer tend to be more aggressive than wild deer, but he had only heard of similar attacks "very occasionally".

The man and woman were walking on their property, south of the city of Wangaratta, when the animal came out of a bush and gored the man, police told the ABC.

The deer was euthanised due to concerns about the paramedic's safety on the scene.

He added that it's not unheard of for a deer to fatally attack humans in a domesticated scenario, adding: "Deers stop eating, they shed a huge percentage of their body weight".

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

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