A northern Hawkes Bay man says he'll probably eat his pet
stag after it attacked and gored him, inflicting multiple
Toby Taylor, 50, was discharged from Hawkes Bay Hospital
yesterday with "holes where there shouldn't be holes" after
his pet stag attacked him on his property at Frasertown on
Mr Taylor's hand-reared stag, named Col, has lived in a pen
on his property for six years. Two hinds are also kept on the
Mr Taylor is a keen boatie and his boat shed is located in
the stag's pen.
He keeps his boat outside the pen when the stag ruts in
April, because the beast can get aggressive.
After the rut, it takes some time for the stag to cool down
before Mr Taylor can return his boat to the shed.
On Sunday morning, Mr Taylor visited the stag's pen, gave the
animal a pat and noticed it was in a good mood.
"He's really friendly. You can pat him like a dog."
He decided to seize the opportunity to return his boat to its
Mr Taylor drove the boat into the stag's pen with a
four-wheeler, but unfortunately, he was followed by his son's
"The dog wound him up.
"My son's little fox terrier started chasing him, and then
the stag started chasing the foxie, and where did the foxie
run to hide? Over by me."
The dog took cover behind Mr Taylor's bike and the stag
attacked him instead, goring him with its antlers and driving
up to 10 spikes into his body.
The worst puncture wounds were to his thigh and groin and
there was one to his chest.
"I could feel it going in centimetre by centimetre," Mr
He held the stag's antlers and wrestled with it as it drove
him against the bike.
"I tried to run around the side of the bike but he beat me
there and stabbed me up the arse. The foxie ran away when he
saw what was happening."
Mr Taylor clambered on his bike and though the stag tried to
climb on after him, managed to drive to his house, where the
pain set in: "I realised I got hurt, because I felt the blood
running into my boot."
Mr Taylor's four sons were home and his eldest, Kurt,
administered first aid while they waited for emergency
"If my boys weren't there to help me it could have been a
He was taken to Wairoa Hospital by ambulance and flown to
Hawkes Bay Hospital by the Lowe Corporation Rescue
Asked what would become of Col, the stag, Mr Taylor said,
"he'll probably get eaten". It would ensure the stag didn't
attack anybody else.
The rescue helicopter crew wanted venison sausages and
"everyone's putting an order in".
"We live on venison in our house; all my boys are keen
He hopes to resume work as Wairoa College sports co-ordinator
by the end of the week.
- Harrison Christian of Hawke's Bay Today