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Deer attack lands employee in hospital

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DECEPTIVELY DOCILE: These deer can be dangerous when provoked. — Photo: S. Thanthoni

CHENNAI: They may look harmless and friendly but can be dangerous when provoked.

Spotted deer roaming freely in the Children's Park, Guindy can turn aggressive as a canteen employee in the park learnt on Friday.

S. Rajagopal (40) tried to chase a fully-grown deer, which ran for a few metres before veering to attack him with its horns. He suffered injuries in the chest and lower abdomen.

Mr. Rajagopal said the stag had attacked several visitors before. Lying in the Government Royapettah hospital, he said he tried to chase the animal away with a stick as it had come close to the canteen. It seemed to go away but came back with full force and rammed him.

A group of students from Kerala had a similar experience. A girl trying to take a photograph of the deer was attacked. However, she escaped with minor injuries, Wildlife authorities said.

K.S.S.V.P.Reddy, Wildlife Warden, Chennai, told The Hindu that they received complaints of visitors having been attacked by an adult stag, which might have been annoyed by their teasing. The staff tried to trap the animal, but it escaped, scaling a six-foot fence, Mr Reddy said. His tips to visitors: Leave the roaming deer alone. Do not offer them food. Park staff said they planned to replace the fence with a wall.

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