Death by attack from a domestic buffalo

Shankar M. Bakkannavar, F. N P Monteiro, Prashantha Bhagavath, G. Pradeep Kumar

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Attacks on humans by domestic animals causing fatal injuries are not uncommon in rural areas of India. But injuries due to buffalo gore are rarely observed in villages and are different from other casualties like stab injuries, road fatalities, etc. As the victims of buffalo attack are usually recovered from the fields or forest, the investigating officer could be mislead as to the nature of infliction of fatal injuries to a possible homicide. The injuries caused by the horns of buffaloes are of various shapes, sizes and directions. They are violent and goring in nature. The wound sustained may be contusions, lacerations, criss-cross wounds, penetration of body cavities, and sometimes fractures. In the absence of any eye witness, it becomes very difficult to believe the unsuspecting domestic water buffalo as attacker. This case is reported for its rarity, for the awareness of the possible injuries in such unnatural deaths, and factors predisposing to a buffalo attack.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-104
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-02-2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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