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A man has been killed and his wife critically injured when they were attacked by their pet deer in rural Australia.

Paul McDonald, 46, was feeding the animal in its enclosure when it lunged at him.

His wife, Mandi McDonald, heard the commotion and went out to help when she was then attacked.

METRO GRAB FACEBOOK A man has been killed and his wife was critically injured when they were attacked by their pet deer on a rural Australian property. Police said the 46-year-old man entered the stag's enclosure in the morning at Moyhu in Victoria state. Sergeant Paul Pursell said: "His wife and son heard the commotion and went out to see what was going on. "His wife entered the enclosure to assist her husband and she was also attacked." Police shot the deer before a paramedic treated the couple. The husband died at the scene and his wife was flown by helicopter to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne where her condition was described as critical. The stag was a cross between a red deer and an elk, Sgt Pursell said. The family had kept the animal for about two years. Sgt Pursell warned that deer behaviour could be unpredictable. David Voss, president of hunting and management organisation the Australian Deer Association, said farmed deer tend to be more aggressive than wild deer, but he had only heard of attacks "very occasionally". Deer were introduced to Australia by British settlers in the 19th century and have established wild populations. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1426243750925527&set=pb.100006197461451.-2207520000.1555492177.&type=3&theater

Mandi and Paul McDonald were attacked by their own pet deer (Picture: Facebook)

METRO GRAB FACEBOOK A man has been killed and his wife was critically injured when they were attacked by their pet deer on a rural Australian property. Police said the 46-year-old man entered the stag's enclosure in the morning at Moyhu in Victoria state. Sergeant Paul Pursell said: "His wife and son heard the commotion and went out to see what was going on. "His wife entered the enclosure to assist her husband and she was also attacked." Police shot the deer before a paramedic treated the couple. The husband died at the scene and his wife was flown by helicopter to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne where her condition was described as critical. The stag was a cross between a red deer and an elk, Sgt Pursell said. The family had kept the animal for about two years. Sgt Pursell warned that deer behaviour could be unpredictable. David Voss, president of hunting and management organisation the Australian Deer Association, said farmed deer tend to be more aggressive than wild deer, but he had only heard of attacks "very occasionally". Deer were introduced to Australia by British settlers in the 19th century and have established wild populations. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1426243750925527&set=pb.100006197461451.-2207520000.1555492177.&type=3&theater

The McDonalds kept this animal in an enclosure at their farm – its unclear if it was the deer behind the attack (Picture: Facebook)

Her son hit the deer with a lump of wood and managed to drag her safety, ABC reports.

Police officers shot the deer before a paramedic treated the couple.

Mr McDonald couldnt be saved and he died from his injuries at the farm in Moyhu, while his wife was flown by helicopter to a hospital about 260km away in Melbourne.

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She is said to be fighting for her life.

METRO GRAB FACEBOOK A man has been killed and his wife was critically injured when they were attacked by their pet deer on a rural Australian property. Police said the 46-year-old man entered the stag's enclosure in the morning at Moyhu in Victoria state. Sergeant Paul Pursell said: "His wife and son heard the commotion and went out to see what was going on. "His wife entered the enclosure to assist her husband and she was also attacked." Police shot the deer before a paramedic treated the couple. The husband died at the scene and his wife was flown by helicopter to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne where her condition was described as critical. The stag was a cross between a red deer and an elk, Sgt Pursell said. The family had kept the animal for about two years. Sgt Pursell warned that deer beh</br><a href=https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/17/pet-deer-kills-man-injures-wife-feeding-time-9230715/><strong>Read More – Source</strong></a></p> [contf] [contfnew]         <img src=

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