Policeman killed by bouncing rooster

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Police in San Jose in the Philippines are in mourning after losing colleague Christian Bolok, reports the BBC.

Bolok was to break up an illegal cockfight in the city on Monday.

FINE WITH LIFE: Police Officer Christian Bolok. Photo: Police

When he lifted one fighting cock, he was cut in the right thigh by a razor-sharp steel blade attached to one of the bouncing legs.

Bolok’s main artery was cut across.

– He was rushed to hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival due to heavy blood loss, police chief Aanel Apud told AFP.

He says he has never encountered anything like it.

– This is the first time in my 25 years as a police officer that I have lost a man due to a fighting rooster. He sacrificed his life for the job, he says.

STEEL BLADES: The fighting cocks usually have a steel blade attached to their claws before the fight. Here is a rooster pictured after a rooster fight in East Timor.

STEEL BLADES: The fighting cocks usually have a steel blade attached to their claws before the fight. Here is a rooster pictured after a rooster fight in East Timor. Photo: Mark Baker / AP

Seize seven roosters

In the Philippines, cockfighting is usually only allowed on Sundays, national holidays and local fiestas, but is now strictly prohibited due to the corona pandemic. This is to prevent large crowds from gathering.

Seven fighting cocks were seized on the spot during the police operation, and three people were arrested.

Police are also looking for three other people who are said to have been involved in the illegal cockfight.

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