Fatal rooster attack

  • Judith Fronczek
  • Roger W. ByardEmail author
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A 76-year-old woman was attacked by a domestic rooster on her rural property while collecting eggs. The bird pecked her lower left leg causing significant hemorrhage with collapse and death. The decedent’s past medical history included treated hypertension, hyperlipidemia, non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus and varicose veins. At autopsy the major findings were limited to the lower left leg which was covered with adherent dried blood. Two small bleeding lacerations were present, one of which was located immediately over a perforated large varix. Death was therefore due to exsanguination from bleeding varicose veins following an attack by a rooster. 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.


Rooster Death Hemorrhage Varicose veins Animal attack 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Netherlands Forensic InstituteThe HagueThe Netherlands
  2. 2.The School of MedicineThe University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  3. 3.Forensic Science SAAdelaideAustralia

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