Australian pet kangaroo kills 77-year-old man: In southwestern Australia, a man who may have kept a wild kangaroo as a pet was killed by it, authorities said Tuesday. It was reportedly the first kangaroo attack to result in death in Australia since 1936.
A relative discovered the 77-year-old man on his farm on Sunday in semi-rural Redmond, 400 kilometers (250 miles) southeast of Perth, the capital of Western Australia state, with “serious injuries”.
The kangaroo, shot dead by police because it was preventing paramedics from reaching the injured man, is believed to have attacked him earlier that day.
The statement said the kangaroo “presented a continuing danger to emergency services.”
Police are filing a report for a medical examiner who will record the formal cause of death; the boy died on the spot.
There are legal limits on keeping Australian native species as pets, and police suspect the victim had kept the wild kangaroo as a pet.
Western gray kangaroos, which can grow to a maximum weight of 54 kilograms (119 pounds) and a height of 1.3 meters (4 feet 3 inches), are widespread in southwestern Australia.
They use their short upper limbs to grapple with their opponent, their muscular tails to support their body weight, and then attack with their two formidable clawed hind legs. Males can be violent and attack humans using the same methods they use to fight each other.
Years after being attacked by a kangaroo, 38-year-old William Cruickshank died at a hospital in Hillston, New South Wales, on Australia’s east coast.
Cruickshank tried to save his two dogs from a sizable kangaroo but suffered serious head injuries, including a broken jaw, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.