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ANIMAL

Pensioner dies after cow attack

An 87-year-old man in eastern Norway has died after he was attacked by a cow last weekend.

The accident happened on Saturday as Rolf Rudsengen tried to chase away two cows that had stepped onto his land near Trevatna Lake, newspaper Nationen reports.

One of the cows responded by attacking Rudsengen, breaking three of his ribs and a shoulder blade in the process. The animal is believed to have bundled the man to the ground before dragging him several metres across a field.

There were no eye-witnesses to the incident, but a neighbouring woman heard his cry for help and called for an ambulance.

When she arrived at the scene, she too was attacked by the cow.

Rudsengen died from his injuries on Tuesday at GjøvikHospital.

Its owner has now had the animal put down.

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ACCIDENT

Man dies in fall from popular Norwegian mountain ridge

A man in his late seventies was killed after falling around ten metres on the Besseggen mountain ridge in Oppland county on Thursday, police have confirmed.

Man dies in fall from popular Norwegian mountain ridge
Afile photo of Besseggen. Photo: Lise Åserud/NTB Scanpix

The man is thought to have died instantly from injuries sustained in the fall, NRK reports.

“He fell down the slope injured his head on a rock,” Jo Øien of the Innlandet police district told the broadcaster.

Police were alerted to the accident at 11:30am on Thursday. The man was reportedly walking with family when he fell around ten metres from the Besseggen ridge.

“Nodody saw exactly what happened so we don’t know whether, for example, he tripped. The wind was not much of a factor,” Øien added.

A helicopter was despatched to rescue the man but his life could not be saved.

One of Norway’s most popular mountain routes, Besseggen receives up to 60,000 visitors annually.

Located in the Jotunheimen region, the ridge is 1,743 metres above sea level and splits the Gjende and Bessvatnet lakes. At the narrow, middle part of the bridge, the drop down to the Gjende lake is almost 400 metres.

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