A man died after he was attacked by an aggressive chicken, an inquest has heard.
Jasper Kraus, of Killahornia in Ireland, was found in a pool of blood and had a wound inflicted on the back of one of his legs, The Irish Sun reported.
His daughter Virginia Guinan said in a deposition heard at the inquest that she later found a trail of blood leading to the chicken house.
The Brahma chicken she believes carried out the attack had previously attacked her daughter.
Eoin Browne of Clonark Garda (police) Station told the inquest that on April 28 last year he was called out to the scene of a sudden death.
On arrival he was met by paramedics who told him they had carried out CPR but without success.
Garda Browne said the man was lying on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood and had a wound inflicted on the back of one of his legs.
The body of the deceased was taken to University Hospital Galway for a post mortem examination.
In her deposition, Ms Guinan, said on the day in question, she dropped shopping off to her father at about midday.
Her father had suffered from ill health, was in remission from cancer and previously had renal failure. He was also on a lot of medication at the time.
Ms Guinan said she was contacted by a tenant at her father’s house who told her what happened.
The inquest heard she arrived at the house and saw blood all over the floor and paramedics performing CPR on her father.
There was a puncture wound to his left leg which had caused massive bleeding.
She discovered a trail of blood from the house to where the chicken house was located.
She said she then “realised that it must have been the chicken” that caused her father’s death.
She saw one of the chickens with blood on its claws and suspected it was him who attacked her father “as he had attacked my daughter before”.
In her deposition, read out at the inquest, Dr Annette Jennings said the man’s death was unusual as a wound had been inflicted on his left calf by a chicken.
In his evidence, Dr Ramadan Shatwan said when he carried out the autopsy, the deceased’s face was covered in dry blood but there were no cuts to his face.
Both lower limbs were also covered in blood.
He said cause of death was due to lethal cardiac arrhythmia in the context of severe coronary atheroma and cardiomegaly.
When asked by Ms Guinan if her father had suffered a heart attack, he agreed and said another contributory factor was that the blood supply to the man’s heart was “severely calcified”.
Ms Guinan said the family “knew his heart was bad”.
Coroner Mr Brian O’Connor, confirming the cause of death was in accordance with the pathologist’s findings, recorded a verdict of misadventure.
He expressed his sympathies to the family of the deceased and especially his daughter.
This story was originally published by The Irish Sun and was reproduced with permission