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LATEST: A Woodville man attacked by a longhorn cattle beast who was in a critical condition in hospital last night is now stable.
The 61-year-old suffered serious stomach and chest injuries after being attacked on a lifestyle block on the outskirts of Woodville, 25 kilometres east of Palmerston North, at 2.30pm.
The beast became agitated when the man tried to move it, before turning and attacking him, witnesses told Newstalk ZB.
The man was repeatedly lifted from the ground by the animal.
Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter base manager and pilot Chris Moody said they had to move fast to help the man.
‘‘We weren’t there very long and because of the serious nature of the injuries we had to get him to hospital pretty quickly.’’
Mr Moody had seen the results of cattle beast attacks before, but had not seen anything quite like yesterday’s incident. ‘‘It was quite extraordinary.’’
The rescue helicopter’s advanced paramedic stabilised the man before transporting him to Palmerston North Hospital within 10 to 15 minutes of arriving.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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