A woman was reportedly killed by her pet rooster while collecting eggs from her chicken coop in her garden.
The 76-year-old woman, whose name has not yet been released, was reportedly picking up eggs in her rural Australian home when the rooster started pecking on her left leg, News.com.au reports.
After constantly nipping the woman, the rooster punctured a varicose vein, which caused the elderly lady to bleed out.
"This case demonstrates that even relatively small domestic animals may be able to inflict lethal injuries in individuals if there are specific vascular vulnerabilities present,” the researchers wrote in the Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology journal.
The woman’s identity has reportedly been withdrawn to protect her family from further trauma.
Forensic expert, Professor Roger Byard, from Adelaide University said that another woman died when a cat scratched her leg, Mirror reports.
“Most importantly I'm trying to get elderly people have varicose veins treated with a simple operation because they’re especially vulnerable to being broken,” Professor Byard said.
"We have done studies that show people have just been around their homes and bled to death by knocking their leg and the vein on something."