Kangaroo kills 77-year-old man in south-west Australia

A 77-year-old man was attacked and killed on Sunday by a wild kangaroo that authorities believe he kept as a pet at his home in south-west Australia, police said.

His death was the first deadly kangaroo attack in Australia in 86 years.

A relative of the man found him with “serious injuries” at his property in Redmond, a semi-rural area about 250 miles southeast of Perth.

Investigators believe the kangaroo turned on him and attacked him hours before his relative found him.

When officers and paramedics got to the man’s home, the killer kangaroo prevented them from reaching its injured owner, so officers shot it dead, police said.

“The kangaroo posed a constant threat to emergency responders,” police said in a statement.

The man died at the scene of the crime. A coroner will determine his official cause of death.

A gray kangaroo hops along a hillside in the Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve near Taralga
The 77-year-old’s death was the first deadly kangaroo attack in Australia since 1936.
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Authorities believe the 77-year-old kept the marsupial illegally as a pet.

Western gray kangaroos, which grow to 4 feet 3 inches and can weigh up to 119 pounds, are known for their powerful kicks. Male kangaroos can be aggressive and fight humans just like they fight each other – by kicking opponents with both clawed hind legs.

The last report of a person being killed by a kangaroo in Australia was in 1936. That year William Cruickshank, 38, died at a hospital in Hillston, New South Wales on Australia’s east coast from injuries sustained he had suffered in a kangaroo attack.

Cruickshank suffered serious head injuries, including a broken jaw, after trying to save his two dogs from a large kangaroo, the Sydney Morning Herald reported at the time.

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