Kangaroo kills man in Australia
A man has been killed by a kangaroo in Australia. The 77-year-old kept a kangaroo as a pet. This is the first kangaroo attack in Australia since 1936.
Australia is said to have witnessed the first fatal kangaroo attack on a human since 1936. A 77-year-old man who kept a marsupial as a pet was attacked over the weekend and died of his injuries, Australian broadcaster ABC reported on Tuesday.
Emergency services in Redmond, south of Perth, tried to help the injured. However, the kangaroo was aggressive and did not let the rescuers near the man. The animal was eventually shot dead by the police. Despite all resuscitation efforts, the man died. It is still unclear what led to the attack.
The last known fatal attack is said to have occurred 85 years ago in New South Wales. Graeme Colson, a kangaroo behaviourist, said that while kangaroo attacks were not uncommon, they were “very, very rarely fatal”. Animals mainly attack when they feel cornered.
There were several attacks earlier this year, but all victims survived. In April, a woman was seriously injured after being attacked by a kangaroo while playing golf in Queensland. In March, a teenage girl was riding a moped in Victoria when a kangaroo suddenly jumped out of the jungle and knocked her bike down. A 14-year-old boy was hospitalized for 10 days with injuries. In March, a three-year-old girl was attacked by a kangaroo on her home property on the East Coast.
Kangaroo is the national animal of Australia. The western gray kangaroo is common in the region. Male specimens grow to a height of 2.20 meters and a weight of 70 kg.
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