"This looks like it was an adult male and they become quite aggressive and they don't do well in captivity," Irwin said. Male kangaroos can grow up to seven feet tall and weigh 120 pounds.
For the first time in 86 years, a Kangaroo fatally attacked a 77-year-old Australian man. According to an ABC news report, in Redmond, a town in Western Australia, 400Kms from the capital city of Perth, a 77-year-old Alpaca breeder was attacked by a wild kangaroo that he had kept as a pet on his farm. One of his relatives saw an unresponsive Eades in the evening and immediately called the emergency services. "It is believed the man had been attacked by the kangaroo earlier in the day," a state police spokesman said.
When the paramedics arrived, the kangaroo was hostile and prevented the paramedics from reaching the man. "The kangaroo was posing an ongoing threat to emergency responders and the attending officers were required to euthanize the kangaroo by firearm," said a spokesman. When the paramedics finally reached the man, he was found dead with severe injuries.
Kangaroo attacks and kills man, blocking paramedics from saving life. Bringing new meaning to the term ‘hopping mad.’— Paul Lander (@paul_lander) September 13, 2022
The western grey kangaroo, which may grow to weigh approximately 70 kilograms and measure 97 to 223 centimeters from head to tail, is found in the area where the victim was attacked. Allegedly, the kangaroo who mauled the victim to death was less than a year old.
Peter Eades, the victim, was an alpaca and kangaroo lover. He dedicated a cemetery to his farm animals who died and named each of them personally. He established the Agonis Alpaca stud in 1997 and built up a 60-head flock. He expressed his wish to be buried next to Claudia, his favorite alpaca, in an interview he gave to ABC in 2017. The police haven’t made it clear yet if Eades had a permit to keep the kangaroo as a pet. In an interview with CBS news, Tanya Irwin, who works at the Native Animal Rescue service in Perth, said that the authorities rarely issue permits to keep kangaroos in Western Australia. "You do need a special permit to be able to do that. I don't believe they really give them out very often unless you're a wildlife center with trained people who know what they're doing," she said.
Suspected attack by pet kangaroo leaves man dead in WA's Great Southern https://t.co/v1ytqT2oMD— ABC News (@abcnews) September 12, 2022
"This looks like it was an adult male and they become quite aggressive and they don't do well in captivity," Irwin said. Male kangaroos can grow up to seven feet tall and weigh 120 pounds. According to a CTV news report, males can be aggressive and fight people with the same techniques they use to fight other male kangaroos. "We don't know what the situation was; If he was in pain or why he was being kept in captivity and unfortunately ... they're not a cute animal, they're a wild animal," Irwin added.
Kangaroo habitats have been encroached on a lot across Australia by urban developments. Kangaroo attacks are sporadic and the last fatal attack by a Kangaroo was reported in 1936 when a 38-year-old man from South Wales tried rescuing his two dogs from a kangaroo but was attacked brutally. Previously, this year in March and July, a three-year-old girl in New South Wales and a 67-year-old woman in Queensland, respectively, were attacked as well but the attacks weren’t fatal, as reported by BBC.
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