A farmer was killed when a carabao gored him in Hda. Manaul, Brgy. Matab-ang, Talisay City, early yesterday morning.
Juan Barcelo, a farmer in the hacienda, was attacked by the carabao at about 2 a.m. yesterday and his body was found four hours later, Supt. Adonis Rosales, Talisay City police chief, said.
Rosales also said it was reported only at about 6 a.m. by the caretaker of the Hda. Manaul who wanted to verify the cause of Barcelo's death.
Rosales said it was due to goring by the carabao as verified by an autopsy conducted. He added that cases like these are rarely reported in their police stations.
Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Renante Decena, meanwhile, urged farmers and livestock raisers to properly care their animals as they could be more aggressive due to the hot temperature this summer.
Decena said this aggressive trait of animals usually occur when they are injured, hungry, pressured physically,or placed under the heat of the sun.
Examples of these pressures are torturing, like whipping with a rope, letting an animal carry a heavy cargo, and over-working it, he added.
"Usually male animals have this aggressive trait and it is not only limited to ruminants, but also to dogs and other animals," Decena said, adding that most of this happen especially during their mating season.
This summer is the mating season for dogs that is why they become more aggressive and could cause rabies cases if not given proper attention, he said.
Decena also advised the farmers to let them graze the animals from early morning until 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. onwards to protect the animals from the extreme heat.
He added that they should feed their animals properly and avoid exposing them to external pressures that could injure or hurt them, and not overwork them.*MLG
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