‘Pet’ kangaroo suspected of killing 77-year-old Australian man – The New Indian Express

By AFP

SYDNEY: A 77-year-old man who kept it as a pet is suspected to have been killed by a wild kangaroo, Australian police said Tuesday, reportedly the first fatal kangaroo attack in 86 years.

The man, who has not been identified, was found by a relative on Sunday afternoon with “serious injuries” on a property in the sparsely populated southern Western Australian city of Redmond, police said.

“The man is believed to have been attacked by the kangaroo earlier that day,” a state police spokesman said.

An ambulance crew rushed to the scene, but the man died there.

“In the building there was a kangaroo that prevented the ambulance personnel from accessing the injured person,” said the police spokesman.

Police said they had to shoot and kill the animal as it “posed a continuing threat to emergency services”.

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The kangaroo was believed to be a wild animal that the man kept as a pet, police said.

Although the species of kangaroo has not been identified, the Greater South region of Western Australia is home to the Western Grey.

The male western gray can grow up to 2.2 meters (over seven feet) in length and weigh up to 70 kg (154 pounds).

Australian media said the last reported fatal attack by a kangaroo was believed to be in 1936.

In that incident, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that a 38-year-old man, William Cruickshank, had died in a hospital in New South Wales, months after he was attacked while trying to rescue two dogs from a large kangaroo.

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The attack left him with a broken jaw and extensive head injuries.

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