Man dies in deer attack in Victoria

Police said it’s believed a man and woman were attacked by a deer on their property

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An Australian father-of-two has died and his wife is fighting for her life after they were attacked by a deer they had kept as a pet on their property in the state of Victoria.

Paramedics were called to the property at about 8.30am but could not save Mr McDonald, who died at the scene.

Paul and Mandi McDonald, 45, were at their Moyhu farm, about 260km from Melbourne, on Wednesday morning when the tragedy occurred.

Local media said that the injured woman was helped from the deer's pen by her teenage son.

Ambulance Victoria said the woman had been treated for upper body and leg injuries and had been flown to the Alfred hospital in a serious condition.

Both suffered critical injuries in the attack.

Acting Senior Sergeant Paul Pursell described it as an "absolute tragedy".

Pursell said the family and community were in shock.

Their son managed to drag his mother to safety.

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

The family has lived at the property for between 10 to 12 years.

(Nine) Paul McDonald and his wife Mandy were attacked by their pet deer at their Moyhu property. "We didn't know what was happening".

Steve Garlick, the chairman of the deer management committee at the Australian Deer Association, said it was very unusual for a deer to kill a person.

He added that it's not unheard of for a deer to fatally attack humans in a domesticated scenario, adding: "Deers stop eating, they shed a huge percentage of their body weight".

Police shot the deer when they arrived.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

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