A 59-year-old Texas woman was killed after being attacked by feral pigs in what the local sheriff described as an "unbelievably tragic" incident.
The victim, Christine Rollins, died from a loss of blood after she was assaulted by "multiple hogs", Sheriff Brian Hawthorne confirmed at a news conference Monday.
She was attacked after she arrived at work in the early morning, likely when it was still dark outside.
Rollins worked as a caretaker for an elderly couple who lived on a plot of about 10 acres in Anahuac, Texas. She was found by the 84-year-old homeowner in the front yard after she didn't arrive for work. He then called emergency services.
Police initially thought Rollins may have died from a medical condition before the animals happened upon her body, but Hawthorne said there is now "no question in the medical examiner's mind that this was feral hogs that caused her death".
"In my 35 years, I will tell you it's one of the worst things I've ever seen," he added.
Hogs have taken over some of the surrounding areas of the home and they are a known issue throughout the Texas county, but assaults of this kind is very rare, according to Hawthorne. The sheriff added that there have been just less than six feral hog assaults reported in the US.