On Sunday, a woman was killed by a group of feral hogs in Southeast Texas. Christine Rollins, 59, was found dead outside of the home where she worked as a caretaker for an elderly couple.
The attack took place in Anahuac, 40 miles east of Houston. Rollins was found by the 84-year-old woman whom she had come to help out. She was laying between her car and the front door, according to Fox News.
Sherriff Brian Hawthorn told reporters that Rollins’ death was the result of bite wounds from multiple hogs, and a severe head injury.
“This is a very rare incident, just what little research we have found, less than six of these have been reported in the nation,” Hawthorn said. The sheriff also noted that feral hogs are a growing problem across the state, but attacks are exceedingly rare.
Texas Parks and Wildlife frequently warns that hogs can be very dangerous. People should take caution when they encounter wounded animals, trapped animals, or a female with young. “Their razor-sharp tusks combined with their lightning speed can cause serious injury,” according to the TPWD website.
“It’s a very tragic death,” Hawthorn said. “In my 35 years, I will tell you it is one of the worst things I have ever seen.”
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