Sports Bra Deflects Hunter's Bullet, Saving German Cyclist

A sports bra has sparked a renewed debate over hunting in Germany after it deflected a hunter's stray bullet and may have saved a woman's life, according to NBC News.

The victim, who hasn't been identified but whom police described Friday as a 41-year-old German woman on vacation, was struck Aug. 2 while she was on a bike ride with her husband in the town of Gadebusch.

The cyclists had unwittingly headed into an area where a wild boar hunt was under way when they heard rifle fire and the woman felt a sharp pain in her chest, Gadebusch police spokesman André Falke told Gadebusch-Rehnaer Zeitung, the local newspaper. The metal underwire of her bra had deflected a bullet, leaving her with a nasty bruise, Falke said Friday.

Till Backhaus, agriculture minister for the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania region, said Saturday that wild animals are often flushed from hiding during the summer harvest season, driving them into public spaces and making it imperative that hunters exercise "extreme caution in order to avoid human casualties."

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