An illegal cockfight has left a central California man dead after he was stabbed by a rooster with a knife attached to its leg, according to authorities.
Police say Jose Luis Ochoa was declared dead at a hospital about two hours after he was injured.
The Kern County coroner concluded Ochoa died of an accidental “sharp force injury” to his right calf.
Investigators say the rooster’s claws are tipped with small, razer-sharp knives for fighting. Police say one of the roosters apparently jumped the man, and managed to cut a major artery in the man’s lower leg.
Officials say it’s unclear if a delay in getting medical attention contributed to Ochoa’s death.