A kangaroo who seems to have conspired with two of his marsupial pals earlier this week, struck out against hunters in the Western Australia’s Wheatbelt region. Joshua Hayden, 19, and his brother had been hunting in Kellerberrin on Tuesday evening when they spotted three kangaroos. Joshua stuck his body out of the window of their vehicle and took aim with his gun. In one shocking moment, a kangaroo turned the table.
According to AbcAustraliaNews, Hayden said one of the kangaroos disappeared and suddenly he was at the side of the car colliding with the vehicle breaking the front window.
“Then it bounced back onto me and headbutted me straight in the jaw,” Hayden recounted as the blow knocked him unconscious for half a minute. “I woke up and my brother was trying to tell me what happened. I said, ‘No you hit me’ and he said ‘No, the kangaroo did.'”
The men frequently hunt for kangaroos but none have ever fought back. Now the men say as soon as the animals see a car, they hop right up to it. One can only suppose the kangaroos have had enough of their species being hunted and have taken up “getting even.” Can you blame them? Animal behaviorists say kangaroos are normally peaceful animals that rarely attack.
There have been no updates on the kangaroo’s condition.
Hayden has to wait several days for the swelling on his face to subside and then will have surgery to repair his broken jaw.
(Photo via Joshua Hayden)
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