A police officer in the Philippines was killed this week after a fighting rooster cut him during an attack on an illegal cockfighting fight to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The officer, Lieutenant Christian Bolok, 38, was part of a team that came down at an arena in Northern Samar province on Monday after it was suspected of violating lockdown rules against mass gatherings.
“There was a commotion, the spectators ran away, and when the dust cleared, Officer Bolok tried to pick up one of the birds, but he did not notice that it was still shoveling tracks on,”
Fighting roosters typically have a razor-sharp steel blade called a fork attached to their legs, and the bird Lieutenant Bolok’s grip cut him with one.
“He was wounded in his femoral artery on his left leg and lost a lot of blood,” continued Colonel Apud. “Within minutes he died. It was a freak accident. ”
In the Philippines, which has confirmed 375,180 cases of the virus and 7,114 deaths, security forces are helping to maintain shutdown orders.
While cockfighting has been legalized in many areas, and fighting is sometimes sanctioned and televised, the government banned it and other such events in March to prevent the spread of coronavirus among large crowds.