A pet deer killed an Australian man and left his wife with life-threatening injuries when she stepped in to try to save him.
"His wife and son heard the commotion and went out to see what was going on", Pursell told reporters.
The deer badly injured his wife when she came to her husband's aid, police said.
According to police the Waipiti deer - a cross between a red deer and an elk - had been a pet of the family for about 2 years.
"It's believed a man and woman were attacked by a deer on their property around 8.20am".
McDonald, a farmer who did odd jobs at other properties in the area, died from his injuries at the scene shortly after the attack.
She is being treated for upper body and leg injuries.
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A member of the small community told the Herald Sun her family had rushed to her bedside in Melbourne.
Police killed the deer at the scene, Victoria Police said. State authorities have recently warned that the number of wild animals has risen to over a Million.
"This distressing incident is an unfortunate but powerful warning to everyone why it is risky to approach stags during the autumn rutting season, and at any time in fact", said Bill Swan, assistant park manager, Bushy Park at the time.
"They are a wild animal and a wild animal that loses its fear of humans is a really risky thing".
While deer attacks are nearly unheard of in Australia, Pursell warned that deer behavior could be unpredictable.
Victoria's National Park Association said in 2018 that the animals were destructive to the natural landscape.