Dec 10, 2009
A rogue kangaroo tried to drown a dog and then viciously attacked its owner when he launched a rescue bid, Australian paramedics said.
The kangaroo held the dog under water at a dam near Melbourne and left deep lacerations across the 49-year-old owner’s face and body when he risked his neck to save his pet.
The man was treated at a nearby hospital after the incident last week.
"The 49-year-old dived into the dam and managed to free his dog but he was injured in the process,” paramedic Michael Vosbergen said.
"He suffered a deep cut across his abdomen, a deep cut across his face and eye and a number of scratches to his chest, face and arms.”
Kangaroo attacks are relatively rare. The only known human fatality is a New South Wales hunter who was killed in 1936 when he tried to rescue his dogs from a kangaroo. In March,2009, a stray kangaroo burst through the window of a suburban Canberra home and rampaged through the house. It was eventually subdued by the homeowner who pinned it to the floor in a headlock and forced it out of the house.