Deer are seen in Australia. File photo/ AFP
A pet deer killed a man and left a woman critically injured at a rural property in Australia on Wednesday, police said.
Emergency services were called to the outback home in Victoria state early in the morning and found the badly gored couple, both aged 46.
“The man died at the scene,” police said in a statement.
“The woman has been airlifted to a hospital in Melbourne with life-threatening injuries and remains in a critical condition.”
National broadcaster ABC said the man was attacked when he went to feed the animal and his wife was injured when she came to his rescue.
A teenage son saved his mother by hitting the deer with a lump of wood, it said.
The animal was then killed “due to concerns for the paramedic's safety on scene,” police said.
The ABC reported the stag had been kept at the property for six years.
The Australian Deer Association said it was rare for deer to attack people.
“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.
Deer were introduced into Australia in the 19th century, largely for hunting purposes.
But feral populations have since expanded across the country with increasing calls for greater controls in many areas where they are considered a pest.
An Australian teenager has been charged over the deaths of 20 kangaroos, which he allegedly mowed down with his truck in a killing spree that lasted an hour.
Melbourne Cup-winning Australian trainer Darren Weir was charged with animal cruelty offences on Wednesday, months after receiving a four-year racing ban for possessing electronic devices used
Joe Root is determined the “spicy” nature of England’s latest clash with Australia won’t prove a distraction when the arch rivals meet for a place in the World Cup final.
His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, in the presence of Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, received on Sunday Sarah Bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, responsible for the file of the scientific team to explore Mars, and a number of members of “Hope Probe” project team, at the Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, Space Sciences and Technology (SAASST).
Sharjah has burst onto the global Fringe scene with the launch of its first Fringe festival on Jan.16, transforming the city into a vibrant family entertainment canvas painted with a diversity of acts spanning the genres of theatre, comedy, circus, dance and children’s entertainment.
A three-year Khalifa University (Abu Dhabi) study has revealed that the genetics pool of the Emirati population is highly complex and highly diversified.