Man killed by cow falling in his bed in Brazil

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A Brazilian man was killed in his bed when a one-tonne cow fell through the roof of his house.

Joao Maria de Souza, 45, was lying in his bed with his wife at his home in Caratinga, south-eastern Brazil, when the animal was grazing on a hill behind the house and stepped onto the asbestos roof, which collapsed under its weight.

His wife and the animal were fine, but de Souza died of internal bleeding after spending several hours at the hospital.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the cow is thought to have escaped from a nearby farm and fell eight feet onto de Souza's bed.

"Being crushed by a cow in your bed is the last way you expect to leave this earth," de Souza's brother told Brazilian newspaper Hoje em Dia.

"But in my view it wasn't the cow that killed our Joao, it was the unacceptable time he spent waiting to be examined."

Mr de Souza's relatives said he was conscious and appeared to be in a good condition, but had to wait too long to be seen by a doctor, the BBC reports.

According to local media, this is the third such incident in the region in three years, but it is the first that has seen a casualty.

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