Man Killed by Kangaroo He Might Have Stored As Pet


A person who might have been retaining a wild kangaroo as a pet was killed by the animal in southwest Australia, police stated Tuesday. It was reportedly the primary deadly assault by a kangaroo in Australia since 1936.

A relative discovered the 77-year-old man with “severe accidents” on his property Sunday in semirural Redmond, 400 kilometers (250 miles) southeast of the Western Australia state capital Perth.

It was believed he had been attacked earlier within the day by the kangaroo, which police shot lifeless as a result of it was stopping paramedics from reaching the injured man, police stated.

File: A gray kangaroo hops alongside a hill facet within the Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve close to Taralga, 120 km (74 miles) south west of Sydney, Australia, August 18, 2016. A 77-year-old man has died after a uncommon kangaroo assault in distant southwest Australia, police stated on Tuesday, September 13, 2022.
Rob Griffith, File/AP Photograph

“The kangaroo was posing an ongoing menace to emergency responders,” the assertion stated.

The person died on the scene. Police are making ready a report for a coroner who will file an official reason for loss of life.

Police imagine the sufferer had been retaining the wild kangaroo as a pet.

There are authorized restrictions on retaining Australian native fauna as pets, however the police media workplace stated Tuesday that they had no info to make public concerning whether or not the sufferer had a allow.

Tanya Irwin, who cares for macropods on the Native Animal Rescue service in Perth, stated authorities hardly ever situation permits to maintain kangaroos in Western Australia.

“This appears prefer it was an grownup male they usually turn out to be fairly aggressive they usually do not do effectively in captivity,” Irwin stated.

“We do not know what the state of affairs was; if he was in ache or why he was being saved in captivity and sadly… they don’t seem to be a cute animal, they are a wild animal,” Irwin added.

Irwin stated her rescue heart at all times rehabilitates native animals with the purpose of returning them to the wild, notably kangaroos.

“You do want a particular allow to have the ability to try this. I do not imagine they actually give them out fairly often except you are a wildlife heart with skilled individuals who know what they’re doing,” she stated.

Kangaroos sit within the sunshine on the sting of a golf course in Nelson Bay, Australia, Sunday, June 13, 2022. A 77-year-old man has died after a uncommon deadly kangaroo assault in distant southwest Australia, police stated on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022.
Mark Baker/AP Photograph

Western grey kangaroos are widespread in Australia’s southwest. They’ll weigh as much as 54 kilograms (119 kilos) and stand 1.3 meters (4 ft 3 inches) tall.

The males could be aggressive and battle folks with the identical strategies as they use with one another. They use their brief higher limbs to grapple with their opponent, use their muscular tails to take their physique weight, then lash out with each their highly effective clawed hind legs.

In 1936, William Cruickshank, 38, died in a hospital in Hillston in New South Wales state on the Australian east coast months after he’d been attacked by a kangaroo.

Cruickshank suffered in depth head accidents together with a damaged jaw as he tried to rescue his two dogs from a big kangaroo, The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported on the time.


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