A cow has fallen on a man, crushing him to death and injuring his wife in an extraordinary incident in Brazil last week. The Brazilian victim was called Joao Maria de Souza, 45, and he was killed when a large cow fell through the roof of his house, landing on him and his wife as they slept in bed.
The cow is reported to have weighed upwards of a ton, and was grazing in the fields in the south-eastern town of Caratinga at the time. The cow was walking around the fields on the hills where Maria de Souza's house was located when it wandered onto the flimsy roof of the house.
Tragedy struck when the roof buckled under the weight of the huge cow, and the animal fell on the sleeping couple, landing on the victim's side of the bed as they slept.
The man later died of internal bleeding caused by the weight of the cow landing on him.
The victim's brother spoke to a local newspaper, angrily blaming the amount of time it took for him to receive proper medical treatment, saying: "Being crushed by a cow in your bed is the last way you expect to leave this earth. But in my view it wasn't the cow that killed our Joao, it was the unacceptable time he spent waiting to be examined."
The cow was later reported to have escaped from a nearby farm located near the victim's house. It wandered off, grazing in the hills nearby when it wandered onto the man's roof.
Despite the extraordinary sounding nature of the death, cows falling through rooftops in Brazil is not altogether uncommon, and various similar incidents of cows falling into people's houses have been reported in the past.
Authorities are continuing with their investigations. The victim's wife suffered no serious injuries in the incident.
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