Pet deer kills man and badly injures woman in Victoria

Man dies in deer attack in Victoria

A man has died and his wife has been left with life-threatening injuries after their pet deer attacked them at their property in northeast Victoria.

Ambulance Victoria said she had suffered upper body and leg injuries.

The couple's son and daughter have travelled to Melbourne to be with their mother in hospital. The family had had the animal for about six years, it was reported.

Moyhu is a small, close-knit community and the town has been rallying around the family, who also had sheep on their small property.

Victoria's deer population is primarily made up of four species: sambar, fallow, red and hog deer.

"They'd come in the shop every second or third day".

(Nine) Paul McDonald and his wife Mandy were attacked by their pet deer at their Moyhu property.

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"An animal that would be otherwise docile for 10 months in the year, is an animal you really don't want to be around for two months", he told the news outlet. "We didn't know what was happening".

'The deer was shot a number of times for the safety of the male and the female, ' Acting Senior Sergeant Paul Purcell said.

David Voss, president of the Australian Deer Association, a hunting and deer management organization, said farmed deer tend to be more aggressive than wild deer, but he had only heard of similar attacks "very occasionally".

"The majority of encounters most people will have with deer is with deer fleeing in the opposite direction."

Police killed the deer at the scene, Victoria Police said.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

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