Australia: Kangaroo blamed for death of 77-year-old man - He had it as a pet

A wild kangaroo is accused of attacking and killing a 77-year-old man who kept it as a pet

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A wild kangaroo is accused of attacking and killing a 77-year-old man who kept it as a pet, Australian police said Tuesday.

This is the first fatal incident involving a kangaroo in 86 years.

The man, who has not been identified, was found by a relative on Sunday afternoon with serious injuries on a property in the sparsely populated southern town of Redmond, Western Australia.

"It is believed the man was attacked by the kangaroo earlier in the day," a state police spokesman said. An ambulance rushed to the scene, but the man was already dead.

Police also announced that they had to shoot and kill the animal as it "posed a constant threat to rescuers".

The kangaroo is believed to have been wild and the victim kept it as a pet.

Although the kangaroo species was not identified, the area is commonly home to large gray kangaroos.

The male western gray can reach 2,2 meters and weigh up to 70 kilograms.

The last fatal attack occurred in 1936.

In that incident, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that a 38-year-old man, William Cruickshank, died in hospital in New South Wales months after he was attacked while trying to save two dogs from a large kangaroo.

Source: KYPE