A man in Ireland was viciously attacked by a large chicken before suffering a heart attack.
According to the Irish Examiner, the man’s family and medics testified that an angry chicken mauled him.
The man’s last word was “Rooster,” said a farmer who found him in a pool of his own blood.
An Irish man was savagely mauled on his property by a large, aggressive chicken just before his death, a coroner and his daughter testified in an Irish court on Thursday.
Jasper Kraus was attacked by his Brahma chicken on April 28, 2022, according to the Irish Examiner.
His daughter said in a statement that she received an urgent phone call that day and returned home to find medics attempting to resuscitate him as he lay in a pool of his own blood with the TV on and a cigarette still smoking.
An inquest was launched to determine Kraus’ cause of death, the examiner reported.
Corey O’Keefe, a tenant in the house, and Virginia Guinan, Kraus’ daughter, both told the court that his chicken attacked him before he died. Medics and coroners also testified at the trial that Kraus’ cause of death was due to sudden cardiac arrest after being attacked by the chicken.
O’Keefe testified that he heard Kraus yell “come quick”, and entered the house to find Kraus with a large open gash bleeding profusely on one of his calves. He told the court he called an ambulance and medics arrived to resuscitate him and treat his wound.
He was pronounced dead on the spot.
At the time, Kraus was in poor health and in remission from cancer, and his daughter testified that his family “knew his heart was bad,” according to the investigator.
Kraus’s death on Thursday was ruled a death by misadventure, which is a coroner’s term for an avoidable death.
On average, Brahma chickens weigh about 12 pounds, but they can weigh as much as 20 pounds.
Guinan said in a statement that she “realized it must have been the chicken” that attacked her father because she saw blood on his claws and because “he attacked my daughter before,” the investigator reported.
His last word as he was dying was “Rooster,” O’Keefe testified.
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