Woman's Stalking Attack Kangaroo Story Isn't All That Strange

kangarooAn Australian woman says that a kangaroo stalked her for two days and then viciously attacked.

Certain animal assaults never catch us by surprise. Bears -- when we camp out in the woods, we invade their home. Those so-called domesticated chimpanzees -- they call them wild animals for a reason. But a cute, pouchy roo!?!

So when I first heard New South Wales mom Kirrily McWilliam's claim, I thought it another, "The dingo ate my baby." I didn't buy it. But turns out it's totally true.

The growling, gray kangaroo watched her through the backyard fence before busting through and attacking the family's huge mastiff. McWillimas called the National Parks and Wildlife Service several times but go no response. Then, a day later, the same kangaroo came after her as she picked up her daughter from the school bus.

The marsupial charged from the driveway. Pounding and scratching the mom, it left a huge 12-inch gash on her back. "It was lucky it was cool weather and I had two layers of clothing, otherwise it could have been worse," she told The Daily Telegraph.

It didn't stop there. The kangaroo later approached her husband in the backyard but he stopped an attack by wildly waving a shovel. Frightening. In Australia, where they are as common as deer are in the US, these attacks aren't so rare. 

Around the same time, a crazed kangaroo went after a group of children and a pregnant woman at a school yard, and in January, a 7-year-old was playing at a campground when one pounced on her

For most of us, the closest we ever get to these animals is on the other side of a glass window at the zoo. We never think of them as scary, but clearly kangaroos are smarter (it did stalk her, remember) and more dangerous than we give them credit for.

Did you know kangaroos could be so aggressive?

 

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Maevelyn Maevelyn

Deer, moose, elk all attack people. Hippos kill more people in Africa than any other animal. Not that odd for wild animals to attack. 

t0vanal t0vanal

I did know that kangaroos are known to be agressive.  I have always wondered about those zoo's that let you walk through the kangaroo enclosures....

small... smallfryes

Yes, I knew they could be like this.  Talk to a native Aussie.


Anywho, I just had a flash of one of those black comedy/horror movies where everytime the woman left her home, the kangaroo was there and someone would cue the eerie music.  LOL!


The movie would be called Stalkeroo.

nonmember avatar mdw

Stalkeroo!!!!! Omg smallfryes-that was hilarious!!!

MH. MH.

"The growling, gray kangaroo watched her through the backyard fence before busting through and attacking the family's huge mastiff".  This is ludicrous!  How can any intelligent person beleive this stuff?  It is media hype to say the least.  It is dogs that kill kangaroos, night after night.  No herbivore kangaroo would ever 'attack' a carnivorous dog, especially a Bull Mastiff. These stories always appear in the headlines whenever there is another mass slaughter of kangaroos (cull) about to occur. It is designed to create public hysteria so their 'cull' can be somehow justified.

MH. MH.


Who says 'it turns out it's totally true' that a dingo ate Azaria Chamberlain? No matter what a court says, no one knows that for sure unless they were there. Btw, every species of mammal, including humans are capable of being violent (we are the worst), yet we vilify kangaroos and allow ourselves to be sucked in to the hype spun by the shooters party and their ilk. They spread this stuff and perpetuate the myths because they have a vested interest in the slaughter of our kangaroos. It's worse than the Canadian seal massacre.


GlowW... GlowWorm889

@ MH - Attacks don't have anything to do with what an animal eats. Koalas are herbivores, too, and they are mean little suckers. The kangaroo likely percieved the dog as a threat and attacked. Plus, the dog probably wasn't innocent in this exchange--any dog I know would be barking and snarling at an unknown animal in their territory. It's unlikely the dog was just standing there doing nothing. The kangaroo likely percieved the dog as a threat and attacked.


However, the fact that it stuck around a couple of days is really odd. Perhaps it had claimed her backyard as its territory? The fact that it got so close to humans either points to being overly familiar with them or it was rabid. Rabies would explain the attack. I wonder if it was tested?

nonmember avatar kevobx

If the world wants to talk about having a birth certificate, let us start with Esau, who sold his, now that's strange.

Todd Vrancic

That was off-topic kevbox, but you made me lol.

MH. MH.

'glowworm889' the person's backyard probably WAS it's territory first. Then we claim it as our own. We humans continue to bulldoze and destroy the bush to extend our urban sprawl which decimates wildlife habitat leaving the animals confused and stressed. This continued stress is what causes disease and behaviour problems in our otherwise gentle kangaroos. It's a very sad situation, caused by the selfish human species that only cares about itself.

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