A ‘pet’ kangaroo suspected of killing an Australian

A wild kangaroo is suspected of having killed a 77-year-old man who kept him as a pet, Australian police announced on Tuesday (September 13th). This would be the marsupial’s first fatal attack in 86 years.

The man, who has not been identified, was found on a nearby Sunday afternoon with “serious injuries” at a property in the sparsely populated town of Redmond, South Australia, police said. ‘The man is believed to have been attacked by the kangaroo earlier today’, a state police spokesman said. A team of paramedics rushed to the scene, but the septuagenarian died on the spot.

Up to 2.2 meters long and 70 kilos

“On the property, a kangaroo prevented the ambulance from reaching the injured man”, the official said. Police said they had to put the animal down because it “constituted a permanent threat to the emergency services”. Although the species of kangaroo has not been identified, the Deep South region of Western Australia is home to the western gray kangaroo whose male can measure up to 2.2 meters in length and weigh up to 70 kg .

According to Australian media, the last reported fatal attack by a kangaroo dates back to 1936. During this incident, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that a 30-year-old died in hospital in New South Wales, months after he was attacked while trying to rescue two dogs from a large kangaroo. The attack left him with a broken jaw and significant head injuries.

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