A Philippine police officer was killed during a raid on an illegal cockfight after a rooster's blade sliced his femoral artery, officials have revealed.
Cockfighting is a popular blood sport in the archipelago where money is bet on the outcome of a fight - often to the death - between two colourful birds armed with bladed spurs on their claws.
It has been banned along with other sporting and cultural events during the coronavirus pandemic to prevent large crowds from gathering and spreading the contagion.
The freak accident in the central province of Northern Samar happened when Lieutenant Christian Bolok picked up a fighting cock as he gathered evidence of the unlawful event.
Its blade struck his left thigh and he bled to death, provincial police chief Colonel Arnel Apud told AFP.
"It was an unfortunate accident that I cannot explain," he said. "I could not believe it when it was first reported to me."
Three people were arrested and two fighting cocks seized along with two sets of spurs in the raid in San Jose town where Bolok was the police chief, Colonel Apud added.