Australian mother wrestles kangaroo in desperate bid to save two-year-old girl
An Australian mother has described wrestling a kangaroo after it attacked her two-year-old daughter outside their home in Queensland.
Alerted by the scream of her six-year-old son, Argie Abejaron said she rushed outside to find the marsupial attacking her little girl, Mileah, on the ground.
"When I heard my son screaming, I dropped everything, ran outside, and saw Mileah on the ground," Ms Abejaron told the Fraser Coast Chronicle.
"The kangaroo was about the same size as me, and I thought I could take it on. But it was really strong.
"I kicked and wrestled the kangaroo, it tried to grab me but I didn't have anything it could hold on to."
Ms Abejaron was lucky to escape with just bruises and scratches after the animal pushed her to the ground.
When a shout from her neighbour distracted the kangaroo, Ms Abejaron managed to grab Mileah and pull her away to safety.
Mileah was rushed to Hervey Bay Hospital, where she received 17 stitches, the newspaper reported.
"One side of her face is scraped and across her body, she just has razor like marks. There are some marks on her neck too," Ms Abejaron said, adding the scars would likely remain for life.
Mileah's father Chad said she was returning to her normal self, except for her view of kangaroos.
"Kangaroos were Mileah's favourite animal, but not anymore," her father said.
"She now says, naughty kangaroo."
A wildlife ranger who visited the area after the attack counted 93 kangaroos around the house.
Now, Mr Abejaron wants something to be done to ensure this doesn't happen again.
"Something needs to be done; there are a lot of kangaroos there," he said. "We don't want any of them killed, but there is the possibility of having them relocated."
There have been a number of kangaroo attacks in Australia this year.
In May, two cyclists were attacked by an overpowering kangaroo in South Australia, while in Melbourne that month a motorist was driving in the dark when a kangaroo attacked his car.