Autopsy Features of Fatal Donkey Attack

Lajos Fogel, Gyula Varga, Marta Hubay, E. Felszeghy, Peter Varga, Roger W. Byard

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Lethal donkey attacks have very rarely been described. The case of a 65-year-old man who was found deceased on a country road with 2 domestic donkeys nearby is, therefore, reported. Examination of the body revealed contusions and lacerations of the face and scalp, a comminuted fracture of the left maxilla, comminuted fracturing of the right radius and ulna and of the left anterior superior iliac spine, a flail chest, and pulmonary contusions. In addition, there were bite marks on the left thigh, right buttock, right axilla/upper arm, and left cheek which corresponded to the dental arcades of the donkeys. Death had resulted from blunt chest trauma due to an attack by 1 or 2 donkeys. Deaths and serious injuries are much more commonly caused by horses; however, this case shows that even domesticated donkeys may also rarely be capable of inflicting significant trauma and so should be approached with circumspection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354-356
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2018


  • animal attack
  • bite
  • blunt trauma
  • death
  • donkey
  • trample

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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