Contamination. Instead, they prefer to balance on their strong tails and kick with their powerful back legs. You may have heard the story of Greig Tonkins; the man who punched a kangaroo in the face to save his dog from the animal’s stranglehold. In a further unusual turn of events, the kangaroo chose to flee the scene rather than respond with an attack on Tonkins. Kangaroos killed in ‘cowardly’ arrow attack in Swan Hill Kangaroos have been shot at with hunting arrows and left to die in two separate incidents in a suburb in north east Perth. Real shame I did not have a gun with me at the time, because there would be 2 dead dogs! Kangaroo ATTACK: Dog owner shredded by killer beast as it attacks beloved pet A DOG lover was shredded by claws of a killer kangaroo as he tried to protect his beloved family pet. In his six years on the job, Tonkins "has always followed Taronga’s best practice approach to animal care and welfare," the zoo notes. "The guy's very lucky because he could have been killed," says Marco Festa-Bianchet, a National Geographic explorer who studies kangaroos and who is a biologist at Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print. Before kangaroos fight, they usually size each other up. "You can tell the kangaroo is like, 'Whoa what was that?' The quintessentially Australian tale went viral yesterday, and the world weighed in on Tonkins’ mission to save Max the dog, with many dubbing it animal abuse. Dr Mark Eldrige, a kangaroo expert from the Australian Museum, said: This was a really interesting scenario. Male kangaroos often battle each other in the wild over access to breeding females, sometimes to the point of death. Loyal dog follows sick owner to hospital. © 1996-2015 National Geographic Society, © 2015- Which is just a bit much. Man rushes into water to save his dog from an alligator ... was rescued by Barnes as a joey after his mother was killed on a highway. Kangaroos are often butchered in the field and transported on unrefrigerated open trucks. Gloria Lewis and her family woke on Saturday morning to the sound of … Unfortunately ‘licenses to harm kangaroos’ are available to supply the commercial kangaroo meat trade and ‘k-leather’ industry. Kangaroo drowns family dog in Queensland dam. The man, reported to be Greig Tonkins, 34, rushed up to help his dog. National Geographic has been unable to reach Tonkins for comment. The man, who was reportedly out pig hunting with his dog and several friends in rural New South Wales, saw that his hunting dog was being forced into a headlock by a large kangaroo. By now Chris had caught up with them and leapt into the water too to save his dog from the five foot roo, but the roo was not giving up the dog just like that and ripped in to Chris too. Man Who Punched Kangaroo to Save His Dog Risked His Life, https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2016/12/man-punches-kangaroo-saves-dog-australia.html. The zoo says they are investigating the incident. The kangaroo didn’t seem to be biting the dog, I think he was pretty confused. News. When kangaroos fight they do tend to wrestle and kick, but they would normally view dogs and dingoes as predators and flee from them. "I’m sure the punch hurt," says Festa-Bianchet. Tonkins, an employee of Taronga Western Plains Zoo has since gone to ground. Video shot in June but going viral this week shows a dramatic encounter between a large male kangaroo and a man in Australia. @media (max-width:767px){.css-4n1las{display:none;}}Most Read Stories@media (min-width:768px){.css-1s8mc50{display:none;}}Most Read. Kangaroo leather is used in high-end fashion and some professional football boot brands such as ADIDAS, Nike and Puma. The man was very lucky he didn’t get kicked. That’s not what another kangaroo would do and a human does not give the right signals. In 2016, 1.34 million kangaroos were killed for the commercial industry. A dog determined to run down a big male kangaroo kills it fairly easily, we focus on their cool kicking legs but really their necks and heads are quite delicate (even on big males) and that's what a dog will ravage if it catches up to a kangaroo. After taking the hit, the animal retreated into the bush—without visible injury, Tonkins reported. You may have heard the story of Greig Tonkins; the man who punched a kangaroo in the face to save his dog from the animal’s stranglehold. The commercial slaughter of kangaroos is a cruel business. “The big buck kangaroo releases the dog when the owner gets close but then moves in to try and attack the human. Tonkins actually works in the wildlife industry and serves as a zookeeper on the staff of the Taronga Western Plains Zoo, the zoo confirms in a statement. Each year around 4 million kangaroos are killed in Australia's outback by the commercial industry. Detailing the behavioural habits of kangaroos, Dr Eldridge said, ‘Male kangaroos will try scratch and wrestle before sometimes putting an opponent in a headlock. "The kangaroo could’ve potentially choked the dog, but it was wearing armour so that may have protected it from the full force." The man, who was reportedly out pig hunting with his dog and several friends in rural New South Wales, saw that his hunting dog was being forced into a headlock by a large kangaroo. Man fights kangaroo in Australia to save his pet dog The personal trainer played dead in an effort to bring an end to the attack, and managed to escape soon after the kangaroo ran away. "If the kangaroo had done that to the guy it could have disemboweled him," says Festa-Bianchet. Hunting of the invasive boars—which have caused ecological damage in Australia—is popular there. "The guy was obviously hyped up and had to make a split decision," he says. "Taronga strongly opposes the striking of animals and does not support the practice of using dogs to hunt, as this can result in negative welfare for both species," the zoo writes. While kangaroos don’t usually kill people, that doesn’t mean they don’t attack them. Another technique kangaroos sometimes use is to try to claw their opponents' eyes out, which also could have left Tonkins seriously injured. Kangaroo attacks man and kills family dog in Melbourne, Australia A man has been injured and a beloved family dog killed after a kangaroo jumped over a fence into the backyard of a Melbourne home. A man was beaten to death by a kangaroo after trying to intervene between a fight the animal was having with his two dogs. The kangaroo attacked her husband, kicking him onto his back. A video has emerged, from what appears to be a hunting trip in the Australian Outback, showing a kangaroo strangling a dog. 2 Some skins and meat products are used domestically (a proportion of kangaroo meat goes into the Australian pet food market), and the rest is exported to other countries (two thirds to Europe) as leather or meat for human consumption. The purpose of the trip was to help a sick friend hunt a boar, they say. Kangaroo meat comes from kangaroos that are perfect farmed, no longer kangaroos killed interior the wild. Following the sounds down to his dam, he found two dogs attacking what he thought was a dead kangaroo. In some cases, hunters use dogs to subdue the pigs and then finish them off with knives, never touching a gun. Tonkins will have to undergo further training to prevent an incident like this reoccurring. MELBOURNE, Australia — A kangaroo startled by a man walking his dog attacked the pair, pinning the pet underwater and slashing the owner in the abdomen with its hind legs. A kangaroo’s foot claws are sharp enough to slice open a human abdomen. The kangaroo is clearly a large male, Festa-Bianchet says. But in this case, maybe the dog surprised the roo and got too close. although generic with vacationers, no longer many Australians have taken to eating kangaroo meat yet. A man has been injured and a beloved family dog killed after a kangaroo jumped over a fence into the backyard of a Melbourne home. An animal like that could be 9 to 15 years old and is in the prime of its life. A woman was almost killed by a kangaroo after her unleashed dog tormented and chased it through a park. Internet commenters have expressed outrage over the punch, with some asking why Tonkins didn't simply retreat as soon as the kangaroo let go of his dog. "Still, I would advise against doing that," he adds. Eldridge added that Tonkins was also incredibly lucky to escape the incident unscathed. • As you probably know, kangaroos are dependent on two main food groups: crushed dogs, and human misery. Tonkins's employment is not in jeopardy, the statement says. Startled, the kangaroo let go of the dog. Even on dingo roo-hunts the kill is pretty quick and efficient. Amid calls for Tonkins to lose his job and face punishment for what some are calling animal abuse, Taronga Conservation Society said that while Tonkins will keep his job they do not condone his actions towards the animal. A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Gloria Lewis and her family woke on Saturday morning to the sound of her Husky crying in the backyard of her Keilor residence. The incident captured on the video, which has gone viral, has outraged many animal rights activists. A 19-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the deaths of about 20 kangaroos that were hit and killed by a vehicle in Australia over the weekend, authorities said. You may have seen grainy footage of 19 th - and early 20 th -century boxing matches between humans and kangaroos. And in turn, the kangaroo defended itself instead of running away, and did so by getting the dog in a headlock. Usually, however, a male will yield to the stronger challenger, often showing subservience by grooming or making a coughing sound. Exactly what precipitated the fight between the dog and marsupial is unclear, although Festa-Bianchet says kangaroos are used to contending with dingoes, which often prey on them. If one doesn’t back down, they will get into an aggressive encounter. All rights reserved. I don’t want this kangaroo to be hunted down and killed, I love animals. Friends of Tonkins have spoken out in support of his actions, saying he did what the situation called for in protecting himself, his dog, and his friends. "Kangaroos often defend themselves by wrestling the dogs to the ground, which is what you can see happening in the video," he says. Expert ‘surprised’ by kangaroo putting dog in a choker hold, Actor Elliot Page Announces He Is Transgender, Mysterious Monolith Like One Found In Utah Appears On Romanian Hill, PlayStation Gamers Are Smarter Than Those Who Play Xbox, Study Shows, ‘Most Disgusting Movie Of All Time’ Getting Uncut Release After 10 Years. A two-year investigation conducted by the Wildlife Protection Association of Australia and Animal Liberation NSW found that many of the carcasses stored by the kangaroo-meat industry were contaminated by dangerous bacteria, including E. coli, streptococcus, and staphylococcus. , never touching a gun with me at the time, because there would kangaroo kills dog 2 dogs! 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