A 60-year-old farmer died on June 18 after his pet pig reportedly mutilated his genitals and ripped off three of his fingers when the man got into a fight with it.
The farmer, Miguel Anaya Pablo, came home drunk after a party on the morning of June 16 and started brawling with the animal on the patio of his house, according to the Daily Mail.
The man was in bad shape after the pig got the best of him and allegedly bit his testicles and tore off three fingers on his right hand. His family rushed him to a nearby hospital, but it was too late.
Pablo reportedly died from an infection he suffered from the gruesome injuries, though an autopsy will determine for certain what killed him.
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The incident occurred in Tuxtepec in southwest Mexico.
It is not known why the fight started in the first place and whether or not the farmer instigated it; however, pigs are known to exhibit aggressive behavior on occasion, and they have killed a number of people over the years.
In 2012, an Oregon farmer was eaten by his pigs when he went out to feed them and never returned, according to The Independent. When a family member went out to check on 69-year-old Terry Vance Garner hours after he left, they found his dentures and a few remains -- the rest of him was gone. Investigators said at the time that the animals might have knocked him over and deliberately attacked him before they devoured him.
"For all we know, it was a horrific accident, but it's so doggone weird that we have to look at all possibilities," District Attorney Paul Frasier said, adding that Garner could have suffered some sort of cardiac emergency, according to The Independent.
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At least one of the approximately 700-pound pigs had shown aggression in the past, and Garner had reportedly considered killing one of them after it bit him when he accidentally stepped on a piglet.
There have been other reported instances of swine attacks, including one in which a pig mauled a woman riding on horseback through a pig pasture, notes Slate.
Due to their tremendous size and power, it can be difficult to fight a pig off if it attacks, though Slate recommends backing away from an aggressive or agitated pig or cow and securing oneself behind a tree or similar barrier. Carrying a large stick can also help to scare off any potential threats from livestock by making oneself look bigger.