Police use pepper spray to subdue violent kangaroo
Two Australian police officers have used pepper spray to fight off a rogue kangaroo that attacked an elderly woman in her backyard.The 94-year-old victim, Phyllis Johnson, was taken to a hospital for treatment for cuts and bruises after the attack on Sunday. She told The Courier Mail newspaper that she tried unsuccessfully to fight the red kangaroo off with a broom after it attacked her while she was hanging her laundry.
During the ordeal the animal knocked her to the ground and kicked her several times. She tried to fight it off but the kangaroo would not give up. Eventually she managed to crawl inside to safety, where her son phoned the police.
"I thought it was going to kill me," she told the paper.
"I happened to have a broom nearby and I just started swinging at it. I bashed it on the head but it kept going for me, not even the dog would help, it was too frightened."
Sergeant Stephen Perkins, head of police in the Queensland state town of Charleville, said that when two of his officers arrived at the house, the agitated animal also lunged at them. They were forced to use pepper spray to subdue it.
"One officer had to deploy his spray on the animal and it ran away and saw the other police officer out of the corner of its eye," Sergeant Perkins said.
"The other officer also had to deploy his spray to keep from getting hurt. It's one of the many unusual calls we get out here."
Wildlife rangers were later able to trap the kangaroo, a male red kangaroo. The world's largest marsupials, they can grow to 6ft 7in tall and can weigh 200lbs, however, it is rare for kangaroos to attack people.