Animal shot after attack
A house kangaroo kills its master in his house
This has not happened in 85 years: in Australia, a man was fatally attacked by a kangaroo. According to investigations, he kept the marsupial at home.
A man was killed in Australia in a kangaroo attack. (Icon picture)
A 77-year-old man was fatally injured by a kangaroo in Australia. The animal attacked him on his property in a sparsely populated area of Redmond, south of Perth. The man succumbed to his injuries, Australian broadcaster ABC reported.
According to the police, the seriously injured person was found by a relative. A police spokesman explained: “There was a kangaroo in the building, which prevented paramedics from approaching the injured.” The police finally had to shoot the wild animal.
According to the preliminary results, the man had kept the wild animal as a pet! This is not prohibited, but a permit is required to keep kangaroos. It remains unclear if the man had one.
First fatal attack since 1936
The last fatal attack is said to have taken place in New South Wales more than 85 years ago. Kangaroo behavior expert Graeme Coulson says that kangaroo attacks, while not uncommon, “are rarely fatal.” Animals mainly attack when they feel trapped.
Earlier this year, there were several attacks in Down Under, but all the victims survived. In April, for example, a woman was attacked by a kangaroo and seriously injured while playing golf in Queensland. In March, a teenage girl was riding her motorcycle in Victoria when a kangaroo suddenly jumped out of the woods and knocked her off the bike. The 14-year-old was hospitalized for 10 days with injuries. Also in March, a three-year-old girl was attacked by a kangaroo at her home on the East Coast.
The kangaroo is the national animal of Australia. There are four species of jumping marsupials: the red kangaroo, the eastern gray kangaroo, the western gray kangaroo, and the antelope kangaroo. (SDA/jwg)
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