Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Pet deer in Australia kills man, injures his wife

Pet deer in Australia kills man, injures his wife

Citing Victoria Police, the ABC reports the deer attacked the couple around 8:20am as they walked on their Moyhu property, some 25 kilometres south of Wangaratta.

The couple were named as Mandi and Paul McDonald.

The ABC has been told the couple's teenage son hit the deer with a lump of wood to save his mother.

"It is unusual, but not unheard of, for captive deer to attack humans, particularly during the Autumn mating season", the association said in a statement.

The wife has been airlifted to a hospital in Melbourne with life-threatening injuries and remains in a critical condition.

Police shot the deer when they arrived.

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There are as many a million feral deer in Victoria, according to a 2017 state government report.

The southern hemisphere is now in the middle of the autumn mating season.

The deer badly injured his wife when she came to her husband's aid, police said.

Australian Deer Association's Barry Howlett warned that male deers grew aggressive and territorial during mating season, which was around this time of year.

A recent study into the number of deaths caused by animals in Australia from 2000 to 2013 recorded no fatal deer attacks, according to its author. "We had the Moyhu general store for 12-and-a-half years", she said.

She also works at a local cafe and had recently penned columns for the local paper, the Wangaratta Chronicle. "They stop doing everything except for finding a female partner and become extremely aggressive", Howlett said.

"Stags are wild animals and they are especially unpredictable at this time of year and can act defensively if they are aggravated or feel cornered; they are immensely strong and can move very fast to defend themselves even from laying down when resting".

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