A man who has been killed by a deer in an attack which left his wife with life-threatening injuries has been identified.
Paul McDonald, 46, and his wife Mandi, 45, were both attacked by their pet deer at a rural address in Moyhu near Wangaratta, in the state’s northeast, on Wednesday morning about 8.20am.
Acting Senior Sergeant Paul Pursell told Nine News the deer was being kept in an enclosure and was a cross between a red deer and an elk.
Mr McDonald entered the enclosure to feed the animal when it attacked him.
His wife and teenage son rushed to help him, Act Snr Sgt Pursell told the news station.
But she received life-threatening injuries after entering the enclosure to help her husband.
The deer was euthanised due to concerns about the paramedic’s safety on the scene.
Mr McDonald died at the scene while Ms McDonald remains in hospital in a critical condition.
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