Hunter’s face ripped off by fleeing 23-stone deer in horrific accident
A deer got its own back on a hunter when it ripped a massive flap of skin off his face leaving him with a bleeding gash which required 50 stitches.
Deer stalker Vincent Saubion, 36, was hit in the face by a 150kg deer in a forest in Lesperon in the south-west French region of Landes, while he was hunting.
The injury extended right across the man's face, from his left ear over the bridge of his nose.
Saubion, who is of Basque origin, told local media: “The deer hit me in the face as it tried to carry on.”
He said he was losing a lot of blood from the injury, but despite the horrific wound had wanted bizarrely to continue the hunting day with pals.
Saubion said: “It felt like I was drunk, but it actually took half my face off.”
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A fellow hunter told him that he should stop and then called over a firefighter who was part of the group to give him first aid.
In the end, a helicopter had to fly to the forested region to airlift him to the Pellegrin Hospital in Bordeaux where he underwent emergency surgery, according to local media.
Reports said that Saubion required about 50 stitches to his face.
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He told local media: “I am grateful because there was more fear than actual harm. I haven't broken anything and I feel as good as I can be.”
Despite the incident, which took place in January but which has only been made public now, Saubion has vowed to keep on hunting.
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He said: “I am still crazy about hunting. I am very involved in the community, and have nothing but respect for the game and the owners who let us hunt on their grounds.”
It is unclear if the deer that injured him was shot or not.
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