Wild gaur forces Vietnam airport to temporarily shut down

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An airport in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue was temporarily closed Tuesday following reports that a gaur had penetrated into the airport after allegedly goring an old woman to death.

Do Chi Thanh, director of Phu Bai International Airport, told Thanh Nien the airport was closed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. while security guards searched for the stray animal.

The security guards searched for the bovine all night Monday to no avail.

On Monday morning, an airport employee spotted it wandering near the runway of the airport, capturing the scene on video with his mobile phone.

He then lost sight of the gaur as it went into the bush beside the airport's runway.

More than 40 security guards, forest rangers and militiamen were mobilized to track down the animal in order for the airport to resume flights.

In the afternoon, the airport management board received information from local residents in Huong Thuy Town that the gaur may have been the one that gored Nguyen Thi Thi, 85, to death.

Thi was found dead in a pool of blood on a wasteland near her house at around 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Her clothes were torn and she had many injuries on her face.

Several gaur footprints were found on the ground around her, police said.

According to Thi's family, she had slept in the house of her niece on Sunday night and was walking home early Monday morning when the gaur allegedly attacked her.

Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported that at least two locals told authorities they saw the gaur on Monday morning.

Dang Thi Hoa, 19, said she saw a gaur running amok on the road headed toward Phu Bai Airport at around 7 a.m.

The gaur was much bigger than a domesticated adult bull, she said, adding it is black and has some yellow and white spots on its legs.

Some residents told Thanh Nien the wild gaur may have wandered from a forest in an attempt to mate with domesticated bulls.

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