A pet deer, a cross between a red deer and an elk, known as a wapiti, attacked and killed a man, and left his wife seriously injured during feeding time on their property at Moyhu in Victoria. The woman, Mandi McDonald was attacked when she tried to help her husband, Paul McDonald. She suffered upper body and leg injuries. Their teenaged son then hit the deer with a lump of wood to save his mom.
Acting Senior Sergeant Paul Pursell described the incident as 'absolute tragedy'. He said the family was traumatized. "Moyhu is a small community. The people who are involved in the incident are well known to them, so what we are looking at putting in place are some opportunities for counselling for community members." Pursell said the family had kept the deer for six years and it was the only deer living on the property, along with a small number of sheep.
An expert said it was very unusual for a deer to kill a person. "Deer are much less likely to attack anyone than they are to run away from them."