A FARMER has died and a teenage boy has been left fighting for his lift after being being attacked by a rampaging water buffalo, police said.
Gwent Police and paramedics raced to a farm at 2.50pm this afternoon following reports that two men and a woman were attacked by the large mammal.
A 22-year-old woman also suffered a serious leg injury when the buffalo ran wild at a farm in Monmouthshire, South Wales.
The 57-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics and a 19-year-old, who is believed to be the farmer's son, sustained critical injuries.
A neighbouring farmer said: "We'd heard that they had started having water buffalo to keep for cheese because it is getting very popular.
"But this is so tragic. So many farmers are trying to diversify – this is just awful."
A statement from Gwent Police said: "We received a report of an incident at a commercial property in Gwehelog, Monmouthshire, at around 2.50pm on Tuesday May 5, after two men and a woman were attacked by a water buffalo.
"A 57-year-old man from the Gwehelog area was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics from Wales Ambulance Service.
"A 19-year-old man from the Gwehelog area sustained critical injuries during the incident. He has been taken to the University Hospital for Wales for treatment by the Welsh Air Ambulance.
"A 22-year-old woman from the Gwehelog area sustained a serious injury to her leg. Her injuries are not thought to be critical and she has been taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital for treatment by the Wales Ambulance Service.
"The water buffalo has been destroyed.
"Officers received assistance from the National Police Air Service (NPAS) at the scene."
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