A wild goat pushes a tourist, 64, off a cliff while hiking in Spain; she then attacks a terrified friend and knocks him unconscious
- The Iberian ibex charged the Dutch tourist and pushed her off a cliff in Spain
- Woman suffered two broken wrists while her friends were also injured in attack
A wild ibex pushed a Dutch tourist off a cliff before attacking her two friends, knocking one unconscious, after they entered its territory in Spain.
The aggressive ibex charged at the 64-year-old woman and pushed her over the edge of the cliff, sending her plummeting 20 meters down before landing on a jutting ledge.
The Dutch woman, who has not been named, broke both wrists in what could have been a fatal incident in the Alpujarra hills of Granada in southern Spain.
The tourist was traveling with two Belgian hikers, who became the next targets of the ibex on May 28. One of them was knocked unconscious in the attack, reports Murcia Today.
A local shepherd found the two injured Belgian tourists and a rescue helicopter was dispatched to take the hikers to a local hospital.
The aggressive ibex charged at the 64-year-old woman and pushed her over the edge of the cliff, sending her plummeting 20 meters down before landing on a jutting ledge (file image of a Spanish ibex goat)
But rescuers were unable to find the Dutch woman and halted their search operation at 9:00 p.m. on May 28 due to bad weather.
Subsequently, the emergency services managed to resume their rescue attempt and managed to locate the woman.
But bad weather made it too difficult to airlift the woman from the cliff ledge, so rescuers were forced to house her overnight in an abandoned farmhouse.
The next morning, the Dutch tourist was taken to the hospital where she received treatment for hypothermia and two broken wrists.
Experts said that it is currently the breeding season for ibex in the Spanish region, which means that Iberian ibex are particularly aggressive at this time.
The peak birth period for Spanish ibex is mid-May, which means that with the young now in the herd, the adult animals are much more protective.
There is usually a dominant male goat defending his herd from any outside threat, and experts believe the ibex may have felt cornered and threatened by the three hikers.
Spanish ibex are coming into contact with humans more frequently due to increased tourism in the area.
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