Rooster Attacked And Pecked A 76-Year-Old Woman To Death
Here's another thing to worry about: killer roosters. A 76-year-old woman was attacked and pecked to death by her pet rooster, while she was trying to collect eggs.
The elderly woman lived on her rural property in Australia and was collecting eggs when a rooster attacked her.
The bird pecked her lower left leg, causing "significant hemorrhage with collapse and death". The autopsy revealed that one of the injuries was over a "perforated large varix".
Her death was caused by "exsanguination", from "bleeding varicose veins". The rooster hit the varicose vein and perforated it, causing her a severe hemorrhage. The woman had a history of medical conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and varicose veins. All these might have affected her body's ability to regulate her blood.
Varicose veins are treatable and don't usually kill you, but bleeding from one that's been perforated is a medical emergency. This is a common condition which occurs when blood pressure builds inside the veins, and it affects 25% of adults and 50% of those who are over 50 years old.
Fatal rooster attacks are very rare, but when it comes to vulnerable people, including the elderly, even an insignificant event can lead to death.
Professor Roger Byard at the University of Adelaide in Australia advises: "If you have varicose veins have them treated. If you have them untreated, be very careful of minor injuries. These deaths are preventable. If a vein is punctured apply pressure to the bleeding point, lie down, elevate the leg and get help."