A kangaroo kills a man in Australia who kept him as a pet

the police of Australia investigates the death of a 77-year-old man as a result of what the first fatal attack of a kangaroo in the country from 1936as confirmed to Efe by the authorities on Tuesday.

The victim, who is believed to have had the animal as a pet, was found by a relative on Sunday afternoon at his residence, located in the remote rural area of ​​Redmond, in southwestern Australia, with “serious injuries”where the emergency services went.

However, upon arrival at the premises, the kangaroo exhibited aggressive behavior and “prevented the rescuers from accessing the wounded man”, for which police officers also went to the property, where they shot the animal to death because of the “threat” it posed to health personnel.

“Police responded to the scene. The kangaroo posed a continuing threat to emergency services and officers were asked to put the kangaroo down with a firearm,” the Western Australia Police Force said in a statement.

Investigators believe the fatal attack occurred on the same Sunday, adding that the man did not resist the injuries sustainedso he died at the scene.

Everything indicates, according to the authorities, that the animal would be a wild kangaroo that “was kept as a pet by the injured man”despite the fact that Australian law has restrictions and regulations regarding the maintenance of wild fauna in domestic environments.

It is the first record of a fatal attack by a wild kangaroo in Australia since 1936, when another such marsupial killed a person in New South Wales.

Wild kangaroos, which can exceed 50 kilos, are common in southwestern Australia and, while attacks on humans are not unusual, they rarely result in fatalities.


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