Pensioner trampled to death by “notorious” sheep
A sheep who has been described as a “well known troublemaker” is believed to be responsible for the death of a French pensioner.
The 94-year-old, who was discovered with gruesome injuries, died when the sheep attacked him while he was out walking, according to reports in the French media.
The man’s body was found by the side of an isolated footpath near the village of Cestas, south of Bordeaux, on Monday afternoon.
There were wounds on the man's face and body and when emergency services arrived the notoriously violent sheep was spotted lurking nearby.
A local resident said: “The sheep was a well-known troublemaker – he was always charging at people.”
“Complaints had been made before about the animal, but he was still roaming free. Now this has happened.”
Forensics teams believe that the sheep charged at the elderly man, knocked him to the ground and trampled him to death.
Local newspaper Sud Ouest confirmed that a number of people had seen the agressive sheep and that a local politician had suffered a fracture and bruising after she approached the animal after the fatal attack.
A police spokesman confirmed that the sheep was later rounded up and has since been put down.