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Woman sustains broken ribs after stag attack in Co Kerry

The woman was airlifted to hospital on Saturday following the attack by a stag in Co Kerry

A WOMAN had to be airlifted to hospital on Saturday after she was attacked by a stag in Co Kerry.

The attack occurred in the Glencar area, in the foothills of the MacGillycuddy's Reeks.

The woman, believed to be in her 50s, suffered a number of injuries, including broken ribs, according to a report on RTÉ.

A trained huntsman was called to the scene and the stag was shot.

It is understood the attack took place near a private house and the woman was found lying on the ground after neighbours heard her calls for help.

The deer, a medium-sized wild red stag, had become familiar with locals. He appeared to have no fear of humans and would approach houses for food and was often on the road at night.

The Irish Deer Commission issue regular warnings about the danger of wild deer, particularly in autumn during the rutting season.

A minimum distance of 50 metres is recommended and the public are warned not to feed wild deer.

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