Dad Saves Son, 5, After Brutal Attack By Kangaroo Near Sydney
A young boy had to be rescued by his dad after being brutally attacked by a kangaroo.
Lewis Dyer was playing with his older brother in their garden in Valla Beach, New South Wales, when a two-metre tall kangaroo - an Eastern grey male - pounced.
Hearing the attack, the boy's dad Brenton Dyer rushed out and was able to get between them.
Mr Dryer, a local plumber, told 9 News: "I heard the attack and then I saw it - a cloud of dust and a kangaroo mauling my kid to death.
"I ran as fast as I could and tackled the thing, and it stood up and tried to have a go. I defended myself, and tried to get distance between me, my son, and the roo."
Mr Dyer said he believed the animals actually targeted his son, chasing after him.
He went on: "They just went out of their way to get them.
"We back onto a vacant lot, and Lewis would've only been 10 metres from the house. There were a couple of kangaroos and they just gunned for the boys. They were running away, and Lewis was slower.
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"If I wasn't home, he'd be in intensive care or dead. The way the male was attacking him is crazy."
Luckily for Lewis, his dad was able to get to him in time and he only suffered a few bumps and bruises.
"He was scratched up, and he had a few punctures in his head that got glued up. He was lucky not to lose both of his eyes. It was pretty crazy. He's a tough kid," Mr Dyer said.
According to local reports, a drought in the area is forcing kangaroos into residential areas and Mr Dyer says he has seen a rise in the number of animals in Valla Beach.
He added: "The number of roos have increased because it is dry. Not that I'm calling for a cull, but it feels like there's no shortage of them.
"For them to see a five-year-old kid as a threat, it's scary."
This isn't the first roo attack of late. Earlier this year, a paraglider was punched by one of the bleeders after landing from a flight at Orroral Valley in Namadgi National Park.
After Jonathan Bishop said hello to 'Skip', one of the hopping mad locals bounded over to take a swing at him, before attempting to push him to the ground.
The paraglider told the kangaroo to 'f*** off' while trying to fend off his furry fists. Luckily the dude had his GoPro on so he caught the altercation on camera.
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