Australian man dead after attack by Pet Kangaroo

A 77-year-old Australian man was killed Sunday by a wild kangaroo he may have wanted to keep as a pet.

The man was found with serious injuries at his home in Redmond, a small town about 250 miles southeast of Perth. He later died at the scene, local police said on Tuesday.

According to a statement, police had to shoot the kangaroo at the scene because it was blocking access to the man and posing a threat to emergency services.

It’s unclear why the animal attacked, but experts say kangaroos don’t do well in situations where they’re trapped, and that may have provoked the incident.

There are legal restrictions on keeping kangaroos as pets in the country. Authorities did not confirm whether the victim had purchased a rare license to own the animal.

Kangaroos can become aggressive and will fight if they feel threatened, standing on their legs and using them to violently kick their opponent. They are also able to use their arms and claws to “hit”. Kangaroos also have sharp teeth.

“The problem with kangaroos and humans is that we are both upright animals, we stand on our two feet and such an upright posture is a challenge for the male kangaroo,” Graeme Coulson, an expert on kangaroo behavior, told the BBC News.

“Certainly if they’re cornered or in any kind of distress it can be quite dangerous,” Coulson said.

The incident was the first fatal attack by a kangaroo on a human in Australia since 1936.

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