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A pet deer has killed a man in Australia and left his wife with life threatening injuries according to police.

Emergency services were called to the scene where they discovered the badly gored couple.

According to ABC news network the man had been going to feed the animal, which had been on the property for six years, when he was attacked, his wife then stepped in to rescue him and was also attacked by the deer.

A teenage son saved the mother by throwing a log at the deer.

The Australian Deer Association said it was rare for deer to attack people, but not unheard of, especially during mating season.

-Daniel Potter