Man punches kangaroo in the face to save dog in the Australian outback
Did you ever hear the one about the Australian man who punched a kangaroo to save a dog?
That might seem like the set-up for a bad joke, but it’s actually a true story from the Australian outback that came to light this week.
The man in question was believed to be on a hog-hunting trip in the bush with a friend when his dog ‘Max’ encountered a large kangaroo.
At first, the two men assumed that the dog had tackled the kangaroo, but as they got closer it became apparent that it was the other way round, with the marsupial seemingly having trapped the dog in an improvised choke-hold.
As Max’s owner ran over in an attempt to save his pet the kangaroo let go, giving the dog one last kick as it scampered to safety.
The man then squared off with the kangaroo in a boxing stance and as it approached he landed a single jab to the head that stunned the mammal and stopped it in its tracks.
At that stage, his friend yelled at him to back away, and as he did so the kangaroo also decided to bid a hasty retreat and hopped into the woods, apparently unscathed from the altercation.
Video footage of the bizarre incident has quickly gone arrival, with over 3.6 million people viewing the original post on Facebook in the space of just a couple of days.
Both Max and his owner were lucky that they weren’t badly hurt as the mammal is known to be dangerous to both humans and animals due to its powerful kicks and claws.
In fact, the threat is serious enough that Queensland’s own Department of Environment and Heritage Protection advises curling into a ball if you’re unlucky enough to find yourself being attacked by a male kangaroo.
”Turning your back on it and running could be dangerous as a large male can easily outrun you and still kick at the same time,” the department says. “Turn side-on and protect the front of your body with your arms and keep your head as far away from the animal as possible to minimize the risk of being scratched on the face.”