Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Pet deer kills man and badly injures woman in Victoria

Pet deer kills man and badly injures woman in Victoria

"It's believed a man and woman were attacked by a deer on their property around 8.20am".

His wife, Mandi McDonald, was then attacked when she tried to help her husband.

Mr McDonald, 47, was feeding the deer in its enclosure when the animal lunged at him, his brother told 9News.

A teenage son saved his mother by hitting the deer with a lump of wood, it said.

A police officer later shot the animal dead.

"Moyhu is a small community ... the people who are involved in the incident are well known to them, so what we're looking at putting in place are some opportunities for counselling for community members", Acting Senior Sergeant Pursell said. His wife was treated for upper body and leg injuries.

She suffered life-threatening injuries, and was immediately flown to hospital.

The couple had owned the Waipiti deer - a cross between a red deer and an elk - for about two years.

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Police say the family kept the deer as a pet on the Moyhu property.

The couple's son and daughter are staying with family in Melbourne in the meantime.

"Deer are much less likely to attack anyone than they are to run away from them", he said.

They are most aggressive during the annual mating or rutting season in autumn.

A warning has been issued after a man was killed by a deer in Victoria.

Their numbers increased following the 2008 Black Saturday bushfires and calls have been made to cull the growing population.

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.

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