Incredible moment when a man saves a dog that was being ‘drowned’ by a kangaroo
A man has gone viral after filming himself running into an outback river to save his dog from being “drowned” by a wild kangaroo.
In the video, titled “martial arts are for everyone, even kangaroos,” the dog is seen being held just above the water by the kangaroo.
Rushing to save the visually distressed pet, the man is heard cursing at the kangaroo and saying: “I’m going to bash your fucking head in. Let my dog go.”
A man has gone viral after filming himself running into an outback river to save his dog from being “drowned” by a wild kangaroo. Photo: Tik Tok
Rushing to save the visually distressed pet, the man is heard cursing at the kangaroo. Photo: Tik Tok
Moments later, the kangaroo is captured on video charging at the man, with its arm and claws visible, before the video cuts to black and it hits the water.
The muffled sound of a struggle is heard before the video reappears to show the kangaroo standing in the river in front of the man, with the dog now free.
The man is seen splashing water on the kangaroo before returning to shore while laughing to himself and cursing at the animal, who doesn’t flinch.
Moments later, the kangaroo is caught on video charging at the man. Photo: Tik Tok
The man is seen splashing water on the kangaroo before returning to shore while laughing to himself and cursing at the animal, who doesn’t flinch. Photo: Tik Tok
Commenters were quick to support the man’s brave act, with one user claiming they too would “fight a kangaroo” for his dog.
Other overseas users were baffled by the encounter with what is widely seen as an icon of Australian culture and wildlife.
‘So, does the kangaroo eat dogs or why is it trying to suffocate it?’ asked Letty Angeles.
Stephanie added: “I thought the kangaroo had drowned in front of his dog.”
WHY KANGAROOES ATTACK
Kangaroos are mostly docile creatures and interactions with humans are rare.
They can be unpredictable when they feel threatened or that their territory is being invaded, whether by a human or another animal.
Fewer than five people each year seek treatment for kangaroo attacks in New South Wales.
The most common reasons why a kangaroo attacks a human are:
- They see the person as a threat or a training opponent. They will often try to protect their group or their offspring.
- The kangaroo has lost its instinctive fear of humans, usually as a result of being fed or handled by humans from an early age.
- The kangaroo is in unfamiliar terrain or has recently changed habitat. Natural disasters such as drought and fires can force a kangaroo to leave its home and approach roads and walking trails in search of food and water, posing a threat.
When a kangaroo attacks a person, it will usually do so in a manner similar to fighting another kangaroo, using its paws to push or “grab” the opponent to the ground.
How to avoid threatening a kangaroo:
Don’t walk directly towards the kangaroo.
Do not stand, stare, or extend your arms toward a kangaroo.
Do not approach male kangaroos that are training, fighting, or showing their size and strength to each other.
Don’t move between a female and her joey.
Don’t let your dog near a kangaroo. Kangaroos will vigorously defend themselves against dogs and this can lead you into a dangerous situation.
Source: New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage