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Pet deer kills man and injures wife in rural Australia

AP  |  Melbourne 

A man was killed and his wife critically injured on Wednesday when they were attacked by their pet on a rural Australian property, police said.

The 46-year-old man entered the stag's enclosure in the morning at Moyhu in Victoria state, said.

"His wife and son heard the commotion and went out to see what was going on," Pursell told reporters.

"His wife entered the enclosure to assist her husband and she was also attacked." Police shot the before a treated the couple.

The husband died at the scene and his wife was flown by helicopter to the in Melbourne where she condition was described as critical.

The stag was a cross between a red and an elk, Pursell said. The family had kept the animal for about two years.

Pursell warned that deer behaviour could be unpredictable.

David Voss, 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."

Deer were introduced to by British settlers in the 19th century and have established wild populations.

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 13:15 IST