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Watch The Moment This Australian Dad Took A Beating From A Kangaroo

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Watch The Moment This Australian Dad Took A Beating From A Kangaroo

This is the moment an Australian dad was kicked and attacked by an angry kangaroo while trying to protect his kids:

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Kangaroos have a reputation of being up for a scrap if caught in the wrong mood and nothing did more to enforce this than a video captured on Christmas 2020.

As the footage that became one of the the festive season's most viral videos showed, Mitchell Robinson's family were at South West Rocks, in NSW, Australia when they encountered a huge male kangaroo by a nearby building.

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Mr Robinson attempted to shoo the huge male kangaroo away but far from causing it to retreat, the marsupial instead began to approach him.

It then launched into a vicious attack on the dad, hitting him with its paw, before kicking him to the ground.

Credit: Facebook
Credit: Facebook

The kangaroo was known to the locals, with the the family living in the house where it was spotted on the video saying it had been loitering around their front yard for a while, where it would often dig holes.

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Mr Robinson was trying to shield his children from the animal as he tried to get it to move on. Unfortunately for him, he was already suffering from a broken arm and so was nearly powerless to prevent its attack.

Speaking at the time, family friend Tina Grace Rowe told 7News: "It was just staring at him and he picked up something to try and shoo it away and as soon as he did that you could just see that it was going to go at him.

"He was massive. He was a big male kangaroo with a big chest."

Incredibly enough the man was able to escape from his duel with the Killer 'Roo with just an additional few scratches, after it hopped off.

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Credit: Facebook
Credit: Facebook

Thankfully, the bushfires in Australia this year haven't been too bad, but early 2020's were among the worst on record.

Over 9,300 buildings were destroyed, an estimated 18.6 million hectares were burnt and the country was left with a repair bill of some AU $103 billion. It's a natural disaster that they're still trying to get over.

As a result of this, wildlife groups said more kangaroos had moved into the suburbs last year following the destruction of their natural habitats, that had consequently left them with less grass and food.

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It's generally advised that people leave the animals well alone if they should come across one, as they can cause serious damaged if feeling threatened or scared.

Speaking at the time, Featherdale Wildlife Park zookeeper Chad Staples said: "They have huge claws on their front hands that they will use to hold on with and then their back legs are all power for kicking, so they are covered with weapons."

That's something Mitchell Robinson found to his cost on a Christmas Day that he'll never forget.

Although full respect to the man for stepping in to defend his family like that.

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Topics: Kangaroo, Animals, Australia

Simon Catling
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