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.”
“BAD ROOSTER” in theaters next Halloween— 𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘵 𝘑𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘶𝘴 (@DaveShecky) September 4, 2019
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.”
Think you're having a bad day?— Hunter Alek Homistek (@HunterAHomistek) September 5, 2019
I bet you weren't PECKED TO DEATH BY A ROOSTER! pic.twitter.com/NTKvHT2x3y
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.
@LadyM_42 never heard of a rooster killing someone before!— Jacob Pitts (@jzpitts) September 5, 2019
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.
Alright Im done pic.twitter.com/qUZZbymx76— Martha (da real Timelord) Jones (@EboneeStevenson) September 4, 2019
Next up: Australia bans senior citizens from owning roosters, initiates rooster turn-in. Rooster killings drop dramatically.— RealFurgas (@RealFurgas) September 4, 2019
Such an improbable & sad ending of a long life.— Darlynn S. Barber (@s_darlynn) September 4, 2019
Welp, that's enough internet for today.— Bob Anderson (@rwa_) September 4, 2019
Wow thats clucked up.— Matt LaPenta 🦖 (@MlaP320) September 4, 2019
And what’s become of the rooster? Well, hopefully he’s facing the justice he deserves.
Wonders shall never end 😂😂😂the rooster must be jailed life in prison 😮— Adedotun (@AdedotunAdegeye) September 4, 2019
Death penalty for the rooster! Pluck him! Batter him! Fry him!— jasonk (@jasonk26497984) September 4, 2019
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