Australians told be cautious of pets after woman killed by rooster

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-02 13:32:38|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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CANBERRA, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- An elderly woman in South Australia (SA) has been killed by her pet rooster.

The woman, whose name and age were not released to avoid further trauma for her family, was collecting eggs from a chicken coop in backyard when she was attacked by the aggressive rooster.

Local reports said that the rooster punctured a vein with its beak and the bleeding could not be stopped.

Roger Byard, a forensics expert from Adelaide University, studied the case and used it to warn Australians about the dangers posed by their pets.

"Most importantly, I'm trying to get elderly people have varicose veins treated with a simple operation because they are especially vulnerable to being broken," Byard told News Corp Australia.

In another case, an elderly SA woman died overseas in the same way when a cat scratched her leg.

"It is not just to animal attack, because we have done studies that show people have just been around their homes and bled to death by knocking their leg and the vein on something."

Byard has studied various cases of Australians being killed by animals.

"Many of the examples we have found of animals causing death are a warning for elderly people," he said.

"For example, cats are a very common tripping hazard for the elderly around the house that they may never think of. Cats like to rub against ankles and legs, as well as sit behind people and commonly lead to tripping injuries in the elderly," he added.