Death secondary to a donkey's bites

Fidelia Cascini, Fabio De Giorgio, Ernesto D'Aloja, Leonardo Grimaldi, Domenico De Mercurio

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Abstract

We present a unique case of death due to the assault and bites of a donkey on a 65-year-old man. The farmer, found dead in his farmyard, had a very deep wound in the anterior region of the neck, with a sharp transection of the trachea and severe bleeding by several minor vessels wall disruptions. The cause of death was established to be massive bleeding combined with asphyxia due to aspiration of the blood. Moreover, multiple contusions with associated skin abrasions and perforations were present. The general impression of the injuries was consistent with an animal's bite marks. Herbivorous or omnivorous bite attacks on humans are rare; instead, these animals attack by kicking, trampling, and kneeling, resulting in secondary blunt injuries. The donkey is usually a docile animal, but its behavior can be aggressive during the mating season, and the possibility of biting should not be underestimated, as illustrated by the 2 cases published previously as well as by the case presented here.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-185
Number of pages3
JournalTHE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF FORENSIC MEDICINE AND PATHOLOGY
Volume2011
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • death
  • donkey

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