A 77-year-old man has been killed by a 3-year-old male grey kangaroo he allegedly kept as a pet in southwest Australia, police said Tuesday.
The Kangaroo attack was the first of its kind in Australia since 1936.
On Sunday, a relative found the 77-year-old man with “serious injuries” on his property in semi-rural Redmond, 400 kilometers (250 miles) southeast of Perth.
Earlier in the day, the grey attacked him and police shot it dead because it obstructed paramedics from reaching him.
In a police statement, it was noted that emergency responders were continually threatened by the kangaroo.
Sadly, the man passed away at the scene. An official cause of death will be recorded by a coroner based on the police report.
A police revealed that the victim had been keeping the wild kangaroo as a pet for some time.
The police media office said Tuesday that they did not have any information to disclose regarding whether the victim was allowed to keep the wild kangaroo as pets.
According to Tanya Irwin, who cares for macropods at the Native Animal Rescue service in Perth, Western Australian authorities rarely issue permits to keep them.
Irwin added: “This looked like an adult male and these animals become aggressive when kept in captivity.”
Unfortunately, we don’t know why he was kept in captivity or whether he was in pain; they’re not cute animals, they’re wild animals,” Irwin said.
Her rescue center is always dedicated to rehabilitating native animals so they can be returned to the wild.
It is necessary to have a special permit in order to do that. They don’t really give them out very often unless you’re a wildlife center with trained staff who know what they’re doing,” she explained.
In Australia’s southwest, western gray kangaroos are common. Weighting up to 54 kilograms (119 pounds), they stand 1.3 meters (4 feet 3 inches) high.
In addition to fighting each other, the male macropods can be aggressive and use similar techniques against humans.
In battle, they use their short upper limbs to grapple with their opponents, their muscular tails to take their body weight, and their powerful clawed hind legs to attack.
In 1936, William Cruickshank of Hillston, New South Wales, died in a hospital after he had been attacked by a kangaroo months earlier.
The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported at the time that Cruickshank suffered extensive head injuries when he attempted to rescue his two dogs from a large kangaroo.