Man, 77, killed by pet kangaroo that was shot dead after posing threat to first responders

Police are certain that the kangaroo not just appeared from anywhere but the aged man was keeping the wild kangaroo as a pet

Man, 77, killed by pet kangaroo that was shot dead after posing threat to first responders
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ALBANY, AUSTRALIA: A 77-year-old man who is believed to have kept a wild kangaroo as a pet has died after the beast attacked him at his Western Australia home. The elderly man was found by a family member after being attacked by the murderous marsupial. 

Though emergency services rushed to the pensioner's home in Albany, Australia, they were unable to make it into the home as the feral kangaroo prevented paramedics from entering the property. At last, the paramedics were forced to call the police to the residence. After authorities believed the angry marsupial was posing a threat to the emergency responders, the violent kangaroo was shot dead by the police on the spot.

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Police are certain that the kangaroo not just appeared from anywhere but the aged man was keeping the wild kangaroo as a pet before the beast killed him in the grisly attack. A WA police spokesperson said on Monday: "The kangaroo was posing an ongoing threat to emergency responders and the attending officers were required to euthanize the kangaroo by firearm." He continued, "It is believed the man had been attacked by the kangaroo earlier in the day." 

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Although Australia is familiar with kangaroo attacks in the past, the killing of the 77-year-old was the nation's first reported fatal kangaroo killing in nearly 100 years. It was in 1936 when the last person, who was 38-year-old William Cruickshank, lost his life in a kangaroo attack after suffering a broken jaw and extensive head injuries after a run-in with one of the animals. 

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Kangaroos can spring over six feet in the air and travel at 35 mph and have a one-punch knockout that has been captured on camera several times, so clashes with the marsupials are a pretty common thing in Australia now and many cases of such clashes have been documented over the years, with the beasts possessing frightening fighting abilities.

Two years back in 2020, in New South Wales, Australia, a person named Mitchell Robinson was decked by a feisty kangaroo in his own front yard, thankfully he got off lucky and survived. While a Melbourne woman called Debbie Urquhart came face to face with one of the creatures after stepping out on a random morning run in 2017. Featherdale Wildlife Park zookeeper Chad Staples said: "They have huge claws on their front hands that they will use to hold on with and then their back legs are all power for kicking, so they are covered with weapons."

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