A rare and horrific animal attack leaves a woman severely injured.
Dr Kate Stone, 44, from Cambridge, has been placed in an induced coma and remained in a “serious but stable” condition in hospital last night.
She was left with life-threatening injuries after the “one-in-a-million” encounter with the animal at Lochailort, near Fort William.
She was gored in the throat, chest and spine by the stag’s antlers in the early hours of Monday.
A witness to the event said the stag had become trapped in his garden charged at Dr. Stone who was the tallest of the group. A gamekeeper said this is very unusual behavior but animals may become aggressive and can certainly do damage with the large antlers. The horns punctured Dr. Stone’s trachea and she has undergone surgery. The red deer was wild but many apparently do approach houses with little hesitation.
In California in 2005, there was a rash of deer attacks. The deer attacked and killed dogs as well, of which they are normally wary of. Wildlife biologists say that attacks on humans and pets may be a sign that deer populations are large and they are now too accustomed to humans and losing their fear.