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Tourist in Greece Attacked by Deer on Aegina Island

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A Mexican tourist on the island of Aegina in Greece, was attacked by a deer while attempting to get a picture, resulting in several broken ribs. Credit: Tjdeena / CC-BY-SA-4.0 / Wikimedia Commons

A deer attacked a Mexican tourist who was trying to take a pic while vacationing on the island of Aegina in Greece. Gian Carlo Triacca, 42, broke several ribs while on holiday with his wife Erica. The scene, which was captured on video and has since gone viral, shows an unsuspecting tourist being attacked by an animal using its antlers.

According to Triacca, while attempting to photograph a young deer, a large 12-point buck charged at him with its menacing horns. “After this I was deeply shocked and in great pain,” he stated,.

He suffered several broken ribs during the fight, the New York Post reported. However, Triacca decided to recover on his own, managing the pain with medication and ice without seeking medical help.

The location of the incident was not specifically mentioned. However, Moni Islet, a stone’s throw away from Aegina island, is famous for being home to a population of generally tame deer and other wild animals. This place attracts tourists from different parts of the world for sightseeing and occasional animals feeding.

Animal experts generally advise maintaining a safe distance when interacting with wildlife, emphasizing the importance of respecting the creatures’ natural behavior.

Island of Aegina, Place Where History Meets Leisure

Aegina, a charming island in the Saronic Gulf, is just seventeen miles from the bustling Greek capital of Athens. History weaves its own intricate story here, shaping the unique character of the island. A short forty-five minute drive from the port of Piraeus takes travelers to this idyllic location.

Echoes of Aegina’s rich history are reflected in ancient temples and Byzantine churches, illustrating its importance during the Greek War of Independence. Notably, the island is home to the ancient Temple of Aphaia, dedicated to the goddess of fertility, forming an intriguing triangle with the Parthenon and the Temple of Poseidon.

The island’s capital, Aegina, adorned with well-preserved neoclassical mansions, served as the temporary capital of Greece in the 19th century. The landscape is dotted with charming villages such as Agia Marina and Perdika, each of which exudes traditional charm.

In terms of religious sites, the Church of St. Nektarios attracts many visitors every year to pay homage to the saint. Aegina is also famous for its delicious pistachios, especially the rare and delicious koilarati variety, introduced to the island in the 19th century and thriving in the Mediterranean climate.

Besides, Aegina boasts a collection of stunning beaches that cater to various preferences. Viditors would find serene pebbly or sandy beaches, offering a tranquil escape. At the same time, the island is famous with a cosmopolitan experience with its array of hotels, beach bars, and restaurants.

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