A pet deer has attacked and killed a man and seriously injured his wife in Victoria's north-east.
Police shot the deer when they arrived.
Paul McDonald was killed by his deer in Moyhu, near Wangaratta.
McDonald, a farmer who did odd jobs at other properties in the area, died from his injuries at the scene shortly after the attack.
The husband died at the scene and his wife was flown by helicopter to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne where she condition was described as critical.
Police say the family kept the deer as a pet on the Moyhu property.
Autumn is mating, or rutting, season for many species of deer, and is a particularly unsafe time to be around the wild animals.
The 45-year-old mother-of-two had concerns about keeping the deer at the enclosure.
Sambar deer can weigh up to 230kg, according to Victoria's Game Management Authority.
A recent study into all deaths caused by animals in Australia between 2000 and 2013 found none had involved deer.
"Deer sightings and reports of public safety risk are becoming more common", the report said.
"The majority of encounters most people will have with deer is with deer fleeing in the opposite direction.""There is a large family network and the [people] we've spoken to... it's beyond words how affected they are by this incident". Howlett said fallow and red deer become particularly aggressive during the mating season.
Deer are not native to Australia and there are now large numbers of feral deer in parts of the country.