A 76-year-old woman died after being pecked by a rooster in South Australia, a recent case study reports.
The aggressive bird attacked the woman’s leg while she was collecting eggs from her chicken coop, causing her to bleed to death.
“This case demonstrates that even relatively small domestic animals may be able to inflict lethal injuries in individuals if there are specific vascular vulnerabilities present,” the researchers write in their report, published in the journal Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology.
The woman suffered from varicose veins, enlarged veins found in some people’s legs. Though varicose veins are typically benign, hers were large enough that they got in the way of her walking. The rooster pecked her lower left leg, causing significant bleeding. The woman called out to her husband for help, leaving a trail of blood on the way to her house. She collapsed in her driveway and died before help could arrive, according to the case study.
Upon autopsy, the researchers found nothing that directly contributed to her death other than rooster peck-induced blood loss.