An elderly man who kept a wild kangaroo as a pet has died after the animal devastated him at his home in Western Australia.
The 77-year-old man was discovered by a family member after being attacked by the murderous marsupial.
Emergency services rushed to the retirement home in Albany, Australia, but the angry kangaroo prevented paramedics from entering the property.
The paramedics couldn’t make it into the house and had to call the police to the apartment.
The kangaroo was shot by police at the scene because authorities believed the enraged marsupial would pose a threat to emergency services.
Police believe the man kept the wild kangaroo as a pet before the animal killed him in the grisly attack.
A WA Police spokesman said Monday: “The kangaroo posed a constant threat to responders and officers present had to put the kangaroo to sleep with a firearm
“It is believed that the man was attacked by the kangaroo earlier in the day.”
Although kangaroo attacks are not uncommon in Australia, the death of the 77-year-old was the country’s first reported fatal kangaroo death in almost 100 years.
The last person to die in a kangaroo attack was 38-year-old William Cruickshank, who suffered a broken jaw and serious head injuries after a collision with one of the animals in 1936.
Numerous encounters with the marsupials have been documented over the years, with the beasts possessing frightening fighting abilities.
Kangaroos can leap over 6 feet in the air and travel at 35 miles per hour and have a one-punch knockout that was captured on camera in incredible footage.
Mitchell Robinson was graced by a feisty kangaroo in his own front yard in New South Wales, Australia, in 2020 – experts think he was lucky.
Featherdale Wildlife Park zookeeper Chad Staples said: “They have huge claws on their front hands that they use to hold on and then their back legs have all the strength to kick, so they’re covered in guns.”
Debbie Urquhart, a woman from Melbourne, faced one of the creatures after completing a morning run in 2017.
The personal trainer said the kangaroo repeatedly kicked her on the right side of her body, ripped her clothes and “threw me around like a rag doll.”
The 54-year-old even played dead to stop the attack and required emergency surgery.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6206944/man-savaged-by-kangaroo-keeping-as-pet/ The 77-year-old man was beaten to death by a kangaroo he “kept as a pet” which then became “violent” at paramedics