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76-Year-Old Woman Bleeds To Death After Her Pet Rooster Pecks Her Leg

If you suffer from alektorophobia, you may want to turn back now.

Even domestic farm animals like roosters can be dangerous given the right set of circumstances.

A 76-year-old woman in Australia recently died after being pecked in the leg by one of her roosters.

The woman, who goes unnamed in a Yahoo! article, was reportedly collecting eggs from her chickens when the aggressive rooster began pecking her in the leg.

In an unfortunate turn of events, the rooster pecked into a varicose vein, causing a “significant hemorrhage.” The woman collapsed and would later die from extreme blood loss.

The incident, documented in the scientific journal Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, was a warning to all animal-owners, according to one of the study’s authors.

“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.”

Varicose veins, often a symptom of high blood pressure, are swollen or distorted veins with weakened walls. Mounir Haurani, M.D., a vascular surgeon from The Ohio State University, described them for us laymen.

“Varicose veins are veins you already have that stretch out over time. Think of a balloon that you make animals out of: They start out straight and small but after they get blown up they are longer, wider, and thinner walled.”

Though not typically dangerous, bleeding from a varicose vein can be harder to stop. If applying pressure and elevating your legs doesn’t stop the bleeding, doctors recommend you visit the hospital immediately.

Doctors can also recommend several other methods of dealing with varicose veins, which vary from lifestyle changes to surgical removal.

Twitter users were stunned by the woman’s strange demise.

And what’s become of the rooster? Well, hopefully he’s facing the justice he deserves.

Death can be a frightening concept, but author and mortician Caitlin Doughty answers “real questions from kids about death, dead bodies, and decomposition” in her book Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death, available for pr-order here.

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Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--