Reindeer Attacks Hiker, Nearly Impales Her

Bull was possibly sex-obsessed
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2010 2:01 AM CST
Reindeer Attacks Hiker
Ouch.   (AP Photo/ San Francisco Zoo, George Nikitin)

A possibly sex-obsessed male reindeer repeatedly attacked a lone female hiker on an trail in Scotland and came close to impaling her on one of his antlers. The young bull knocked Pat Cook, 57, to the ground and tried to stab her. "I began bashing it over the head with a walking pole," she told the Telegraph. "I couldn't believe what was happening, and I was aware I was running out of strength." Cook finally made her way to safety downhill behind a fence as she distracted the bull with bits of tossed food. The bull has been removed from Britain's only reindeer herd to an isolated pen until he loses his antlers. Officials were stumped. They said the bull was usually "very friendly and quiet."
(More Scotland stories.)

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