Family forced to fight off 'roo rage attack
Three members of an Australian family used a broom and a shovel to fight off a rare attack by a large kangaroo that left all of them injured, one seriously.
Linda Smith (64) suffered a collapsed lung, broken ribs, cuts and other internal injuries and underwent surgery in hospital yesterday after the attack at her property in the Darling Downs region of Queensland.
The wildlife carer and her husband Jim had been feeding 30 kangaroos and wallabies at their property every night amid a severe drought that has depleted their food sources.
One of the large males - at least 1.8 metres tall - turned on her husband as he fed it.
"Jim was on the ground and the kangaroo just kept at him. I went outside to try and help and took a broom and a piece of bread but he knocked the broom out of my hand, then attacked me," Ms Smith said.
She managed to get the 'roo off her husband and grabbed a piece of wood to defend herself, while her 40-year-old son came out "and hit him over the head with a shovel".
The kangaroo then hopped off back into the bush, Queensland Ambulance Service's senior operations supervisor Stephen Jones said, adding that the attack was "rare". He added that if Ms Smith had not intervened to help her husband, the outcome might have been fatal.