Remember the Florida man killed by his pet cassowary? It turns out that even more common pets can be deadly …
news.com.au – An elderly woman from South Australia has died after being pecked at by her “aggressive” rooster while collecting eggs from the chicken coop in her garden.
The rooster reportedly punctured a varicose vein with its beak, causing it to bleed profusely.
Adelaide University Professor Roger Byard has examined the case to help prevent similar deaths. He says:
“I’m trying to get elderly people who have varicose veins treated with a simple operation because they are especially vulnerable to being broken.”
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that commonly protrude from the skin’s surface.
Byard said another local woman died in similar circumstances when a cat scratched her leg:
“Many of the examples we have found of animals causing death are a warning for elderly people. For example, cats are a very common tripping hazard for the elderly. We have done studies that show people have just been around their homes and bled to death by knocking their leg and vein on something.”