Wild moment a tourist is chased down and attacked by a wild kangaroo after she tried to pat the animal while on holiday
- Tourist Shakila was knocked over and jumped on by a wild kangaroo in NSW
- She was walking in the Kangaroo Valley when she spotted a group laying down
- Shakila attempted to sneak up behind one of the roos but it turned to chase her
- She fell down while trying to flee, so the kangaroo began jumping on top of her
A resting kangaroo has attacked a tourist after the woman tried to pat the animal while she was on holiday in Austrlia.
Shakila was staying at Kangaroo Valley, about 160km southwest of Sydney, when she spotted a group of roos laying in the grass.
Footage shows the moment she approached one seemingly timid kangaroo.
She quietly walked up behind the roo to get a closer look when it suddenly turned and started chasing her.
Tourist Shakila was chased by a kangaroo in NSW’s Kangaroo Valley after she tried to sneak up behind it (pictured, Shakila with the kangaroo)
Shakila fell in a panic, so the angry kangaroo began jumping on her.
‘The one in the video was lying down and not moving. Shakila wanted to go up and pat the kangaroo, not realizing they can be dangerous, and as she got close, the kangaroo got up and attacked her,’ her friend said.
‘She tripped over, just missing the kangaroo’s claws.’
Fortunately, the kangaroo quickly lost interest and bounced away, giving Shakila time to run.
It comes just three months after Australia’s second fatal kangaroo attack in 100 years.
Shakila fell over while trying to run away from the kangaroo, which then began to jump on her (above)
Peter Eades, a 77-year-old Western Australia man, was killed by his pet kangaroo in September.
Emergency responders were forced to shoot the three-year-old male roo after the attack as it was preventing paramedics from reaching Mr Eades, who was seriously injured.
Kangaroos are usually regarded as harmless, so long as they’re left alone.
The Queensland Environment Department says: ‘Both male and female kangaroos are large, powerful, wild animals that are capable of inflicting injury on people and they need to be treated with an appropriate level of respect and caution.’
The strong legs and sharp claws pose the biggest threats when facing a kangaroo as both can inflect severe injuries.
WHY KANGAROOS ATTACK
Kangaroos are mostly docile creatures, and interactions with humans are infrequent.
They can be unpredictable when they feel they are threatened, or that their territory is being encroached on – whether by a human or another animal.
Fewer than five people each year seek treatment for kangaroo attacks in NSW.
The most common reasons for a kangaroo to attack a human are:
- They see the person as a threat or a sparring opponent. They often will try to protect their group or offspring.
- The kangaroo has lost its instinctive fear of humans – generally as a result of humans feeding or handling it from a young age.
- The kangaroo is in an unfamiliar terrain or has recently moved habitats. Natural disasters like drought and fires can force a kangaroo out of its home and closer to roads and walking trails to seek out food and water, which poses a threat.
When a kangaroo attacks a person, the will generally do so in a similar matter to fighting another kangaroo, using their paws to push or ‘grapple’ the opponent to the ground.
How to avoid threatening a kangaroo:
• Do not walk directly toward the kangaroo.
• Do not stand up tall, stare or hold your arms out towards a kangaroo.
• Do not go near male kangaroos that are sparring, fighting or showing off their size and strength to each other.
• Do not move between a female and her joey.
• Do not allow your dog to approach a kangaroo. Kangaroos will vigorously defend themselves against dogs, and this may draw you into a dangerous situation.