A man gored in the stomach by a longhorn cattle beast is
today in a stable condition in hospital.
The 61-year-old man was lifted several times in the air by
the animal after he tried to move it in a paddock at
Woodville, east of Palmerston North, about 2.30pm yesterday.
He was with two other people, who watched on in horror as the
beast's horn went into his torso near his stomach and chest.
The animal lifted him up and down off the ground and left him
with life-threatening injuries.
An ambulance was called and paramedics treated the man, who
was still conscious, until the Palmerston North Rescue
Helicopter arrived to airlift him to hospital.
A hospital spokesman said the man was in a stable condition
in the intensive care unit.
Rescue Helicopter base manager and pilot Chris Moodie told
the Herald that the witnesses said the beast had become
"Clearly it meant to harm him, he has been genuinely
attacked," he said.
"But what caused that, we don't know."
He spoke with the witnesses, who were shaken by what they had
seen, and managed to work out "the mechanics" of what had
happened - where the horns had penetrated the man and how
"He was very seriously injured. There's no doubt about that."
Federated Farmers Manawatu/ Rangitikei president Andrew
Hoggard said it was very unusual for someone to be gored.
"To actually be gored is pretty rare, usually (beasts) are
de-horned," he said.
"It wouldn't be uncommon to hear of a crushing injury when
you're in the yards or working with bulls. But it's pretty
rare to hear of someone being gored."
He said anyone working with such large animals needed to be
extra careful to avoid injury.
"The main thing I tell my staff when dealing with stock is to
keep their wits about them, never turn your back on them and
always know what your escape plan is - what way you're going
to run and what fence you're going to jump over, and whether
you can actually make it over the fence.
"When you're dealing with potentially stressed animals you
should always have a couple of people with you. It's safety
- Anna Leask, NZ Herald