Elderly Woman Pecked To Death By Rooster While Collecting Eggs At Her Farm

Elderly Woman Pecked To Death By Rooster While Collecting Eggs At Her Farm

Researchers have pointed out that a seemingly harmless domestic fowl can inflict fatal wounds. The woman had varicose veins. She bled to her death.

Researchers have pointed out that a rooster pecked an elderly woman to death in southern Australia. The findings were published in a medical journal reports PEOPLE. The 76-year-old woman was collecting eggs on her farm when the bird pecked at her already swollen leg veins, which turned out to be fatal.  

According to NBC News, the findings of this case was published in the journal Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology in an attempt to reveal how even a harmless looking tiny domestic creature could inflict death wounds. The study was led by Roger Byard, a pathology professor at the University of Adelaide, and  Judith Fronczek, a pathologist at the Netherlands Forensic Institute. Byard shared how the incident mentioned had recently occurred, but declined to disclose any more details about the woman's identity in order to protect the privacy of her family. 

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The study revealed how the elderly woman was suffering from multiple health conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and varicose veins before the attack happened. "The decedent's past medical history included treated hypertension, hyperlipidemia, non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus and varicose veins. The bird pecked her lower left leg causing significant hemorrhage with collapse and death," read the report. "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."



During an interview, Byard told USA TODAY about the fragile quality of an elderly's life. "The case is significant as it draws attention to the vulnerability of elderly folk with varicose veins to minor trauma, even from a rooster peck. Lethal rooster attacks are very rare, but small animals can cause death from trauma." Byard further added that all the rooster required was two big pecks causing the woman to bleed to death. Apparently, she passed away even before an ambulance could reach the scene. "At autopsy, the major findings were limited to the lower left leg which was covered with adherent dried blood," the paper continued reading. He also added, "Those with varicose veins should be treated so a situation like this does not happen."

Specifying the extent if the injury which was unveiled during the autopsy, the researchers wrote: "Two small bleeding lacerations were present, one of which was located immediately over a perforated large varix. Death was therefore due to exsanguination from bleeding varicose veins following an attack by a rooster." Finally, it boiled down to one thing. One needs to be cautious of animals, no matter how big or small. Concluding his statement, Byard added, "Treat all animals, even small ones with respect." Furthermore, he urges people with varicose veins to get it treated immediately and not put it off. "If you have varicose veins have them treated. If you have them untreated be very careful of minor injuries." 

An assistant professor of poultry sciences at Auburn University, Dr. Dianna Bourassa, spoke about cautionary measures while dealing with an aggressive alpha chicken. Discussing how one can keep themselves safe when a chicken is about to attack, she recommends people to grab it by its leg while cradling it underneath one's arm, in order to, establish one's dominance. She also mentions that this stance would not hurt the chicken. Dr. Bourassa suggests people wear thick fully covered clothing, including boots to protect themselves from any surprise attacks.


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