Following the item in Newsletter #47 (reprinted from Brisbane Times) about an attack by a kangaroo on an elderly woman, today’s Sydney Morning Herald carried this story in its on-line service:
A woman has suffered cuts to her neck, ear and back after a terrifying attack by a kangaroo while she was walking her dogs through bushland in WA’s south-west. Janet Karson of Deanmill near Manjimup, needed more than 20 stitches to her ears after she took on the kangaroo, which was attacking her dog.
“I went off the main track and suddenly this big kangaroo jumped out from nowhere and one of my dogs chased after it,” she told The West Australian newspaper. Ms Karson ran after her blue heeler and found it being bear-hugged by the kangaroo.
“I used a stick to lever its claws off my dog and then it reared up in front of me – it was huge,” she said. “All I can remember is its claws going to work on me and the smell of my own blood when my head fell onto its chest.”
Ms Karson said after the attack the kangaroo hopped away. She said it was a miracle that she survived the violence but did not blame the kangaroo.