Kangaroo Attack
Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 10:17AM
Malcolm Lambe
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The Attack of the Killer Kangaroo

An Australian woman is lucky to be alive after being attacked by a large male kangaroo when she went to check on her horses in a paddock on a rural property in Mudgee - 260k north west of Sydney - famous for wine, honey, olives, dairy products....and now kangaroo attacks.

The 65-year-old woman was saved from serious injury when the roo was chased away by the farm dog which heard her screams.

She was rushed to hospital suffering facial lacerations and other injuries. The kangaroo is estimated to have been two metres tall and 100kg.

Locals say Mudgee has become overrun by kangaroos in the past couple of years with the animals now congregating on many of the rural properties. The woman's son said -

There would be a couple of hundred kangaroos within a hundred metres of the house, and last night she was just walking down the paddock to check on the horses before it was dark...A lot of kangaroos have just bolted, but the males don't care, they just stay laying down, they're not scared. The kangaroo has just jumped up and launched straight at her. He hit her once and she just dropped and rolled. My dog heard her screaming and bolted down and chased him off. It it weren't for the dog she'd probably be dead.

The woman's face, hands and back has been ripped by the kangaroos rear claws.
I heard a rustle behind a tree and turned around, it just came at me.

I was standing up. It went for my face straight away. It was hitting me around the neck.

I threw myself on the ground but it just kept kicking me.

Have a look at this kangaroo attack video and you'll get an idea of the damage that can be done by those claws.

This is not the first time in recent years that someone has been attacked by a kangaroo Downunder. In 1998 a kangaroo attacked a 13 year golfer on an Australian course. At the time he was searching for his lost ball in the rough when a large male kangaroo attacked. The boy suffered very severe injuries. He couldn't open his right eye for a year and had to have artificial tear ducts implanted.

Kangaroo Attack

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