A 69-year-old woman was attacked by a kangaroo and seriously injured while playing golf in the Australian state of Queensland. Local emergency services said on Twitter on Friday that the victim had been taken to hospital in a “stable condition”.
According to the media, the marsupial attack occurred in Arundel on the Gold Coast, which is also popular with tourists. Radio 9News reported that the woman sustained severe injuries to her head, jaw, arms and legs.
Indeed it is the third kangaroo attack since mid-March
The animal attacked without warning and suddenly kicked the Australian. “She fell to the ground with that first kick, and while she was on the ground the kangaroo kicked her a few times,” said Joel McEwan, chief operating officer of Queensland Ambulance Operations. The media spoke of a “malicious attack”. It was not clear why the kangaroo attacked the Australian without provocation.
The Queensland Department of Environment said the animals are usually fairly peaceful – but they can become aggressive if they feel threatened. “Although the risks of this happening are very low, we still have to be careful about the animals,” she said.
According to 9News, this was the third kangaroo attack downstream since mid-March. A teenager was riding her motorcycle in Victoria when a kangaroo suddenly jumped out of the woods and took her off the bike. The 14-year-old was in hospital for ten days with multiple injuries. Also in March, a three-year-old girl was attacked by a kangaroo at her home in New South Wales and seriously injured.
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. In tropical Queensland, the eastern gray kangaroo is most common. (SDA/chs)
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