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Police Officer Killed By Rooster While Trying To Break Up Cockfight: "We Have Lost A Brother"

Police Officer Killed By Rooster While Trying To Break Up Cockfight: "We Have Lost A Brother"

Lieutenant Christian Bolok's femoral artery was struck by the rooster's gaff causing him to bleed out and die.

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A police officer was tragically killed by a rooster as he was trying to break up an illegal cockfight in the Phillippines. Lieutenant Christian Bolok passed away after being struck by the rooster's gaff, a sharp metal blade that is attached to the bird to help during a fight, revealed cops in the Northern Samar province. The bird had severed Bolok's femoral artery with the gaff while he was attempting to confiscate it. Although he was rushed to a hospital immediately, doctors could not save the cop as he had already lost a critical amount of blood.

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"He was rushed to the provincial hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival due to heavy blood loss," said police according to CNN. "I have a heavy heart as we have lost a brother who sacrificed his own life in the name of service," read a statement sent to the government-run Philippines News Agency by Northern Samar police provincial director Arnel Apud. "The (Philippine National Police) grieves the untimely death of Lt. Bolok and extends its deepest sympathy to his family and relatives."



 

The Philippines is known for being a host to both legal and illegal cockfighting for years now. The illegal ones are known as "tupada" and are often conducted in underground locations to avoid being caught by the police. However, the blood sport had been banned in the region back in August after authorities learned that the gatherings were a source of COVID-19 infections. Police officers arrested three people at the event but three other suspects, who have been identified, still remain at large after they somehow managed to escape the raid. Seven fighting cocks were confiscated by the officers who also recovered 550 pesos ($11).



 

Although it is rare for humans to be killed in an attack by roosters, it has happened in the past. Previously we had reported that a rooster had pecked an elderly woman to death in South Australia. Researchers published this in a medical journal explaining how the 76-year-old woman was collecting eggs on her farm when the bird pecked at her already swollen leg veins. The attack turned out to be fatal. The findings of this case were 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, reports NBC News

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 revealed that the incident had occurred last year, however, declined to disclose the identity of the victim to protect her family's privacy. "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."



 

"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 told USA Today. Just two big pecks caused the woman to bleed to death even before an ambulance to reach her. "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." The study finally urged people to be cautious of animals no matter how small or big they are.  "Treat all animals, even small ones with respect," said Byard adding, "If you have varicose veins have them treated. If you have them untreated be very careful of minor injuries."

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