A 77-year-old man was attacked and killed Sunday by a wild kangaroo that authorities consider he saved as a pet at his house in southwest Australia, police mentioned.
His demise marked the primary deadly kangaroo assault in Australia in 86 years.
A relative of the person discovered him with “critical accidents” on his property in Redmond, a semi-rural space about 250 miles southeast of Perth.
Investigators consider the kangaroo turned on him and attacked him hours earlier than he was discovered by his relative.
When officers and paramedics arrived on the man’s house, the killer kangaroo was stopping them from reaching its injured proprietor, so cops shot it useless, police mentioned.
“The kangaroo was posing an ongoing risk to emergency responders,” police mentioned in an announcement.
The person died on the scene. A coroner will file his official reason behind demise.
Authorities consider the 77-year-old had been illegally maintaining the marsupial as a pet.
Western grey kangaroos, which might attain as much as 4-foot-three-inches tall and weigh as much as 119 kilos, are recognized for his or her highly effective kicks. Male kangaroos will be aggressive and struggle folks the identical manner they do amongst one another — by kicking opponents with each clawed hind legs.
The final report of an individual being killed by a kangaroo in Australia was in 1936. That yr, William Cruickshank, 38, died in a hospital in Hillston in New South Wales state on the Australian east coast from accidents he suffered in a kangaroo assault.
Cruickshank sustained in depth head accidents together with a damaged jaw after trying to rescue his two canine from a big kangaroo, The Sydney Morning Herald reported on the time.
With Publish wires