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Roosters duel during a cockfighting match in Afghanistan.
Roosters duel during a cockfighting match in Afghanistan. Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images
The Kern Country Sheriff's Department made it official Friday: An autopsy determined that Jose Luis Ochoa, 35, died after being stabbed in the right calf by a rooster.
The Bakersfield Californian reported that the incident occurred during a cockfight in which the birds are strapped with razor-like knives to fight each other, often times to their death.
The paper reports that Ochoa and others fled the scene, as officers arrived to break up the cockfighting ring. Authorities found five dead roosters. It adds:
"I have never seen this type of incident," said Sgt. Martin King, a 24-year veteran who noted the major arteries that could have been severed. "People have been known to bleed out from those injuries if medical attention is not obtained immediately."
Local Bakersfield station KBAK reports that Ochoa died about two hours after arriving at the hospital. His death was ruled an accident.
The Californian reports that Ochoa had paid $370 in fines, last year, after a no contest plea to "owning or training an animal for fighting."
Just last month, The Daily Mail reported that a rooster slashed his owners throat in India. According to The Mail that rooster attacked, after its owner forced it onto a fighting ring.