Pet deer kills man in Australia in rare attack

Lester Mason
April 17, 2019

The animal, a cross between an elk and deer, attacked shortly after the man entered the enclosure on his property near the town of Wangaratta, 200 km northeast of Melbourne in Victoria state.

His son Ethan, 17, and wife, Mandi, 45, heard the commotion and went outside.

His wife, Mandi McDonald, was then attacked when she tried to help her husband.

Police said they had euthanised the deer at the scene near Wangaratta, about 250km (155 miles) north-east of Melbourne.

The woman suffered life-threatening upper-body and leg injuries and was treated at the property by paramedics.

Local resident Patrice Larkin said she knew the couple well.

Police said it was believed the couple had been attacked by a pet deer on their property.


Police shot the deer when they arrived.

Last year, it was estimated that Victoria was home to more than one million feral deer, prompting Victorian National Parks Association spokesperson Philip Ingamells to tell The Age "deer are just giant hoofed cane toads... and they're poised to take over the nation".

"An animal that would be otherwise docile for 10 months in the year, is an animal you really don't want to be around for two months", he told the news outlet. Sambar, fallow, red and hog deer are all found in Victoria.

Mr Howlett added since the deer was being kept as a pet it possibly lost its fear of humans.

"It's tragic but not unheard of", Mr Howlett said.

"Deer sightings and reports of public safety risk are becoming more common", the report said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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