Friday, July 29, 2011

Giant Kangaroo Attacks Elderly Woman - Merrilyn Part 15

OK I'll get to the kangaroo attack in a moment but first...
Remember this poor pathetic little joey from part 11
In fact this photo was taken after we'd had him in care for a week.

Well I'm pleased to say in just eight week's Bob under went a transformation.

Hard to believe it's the same joey, but I promise you it is.  There's a tell tale sign he's a happy boy too - can you spot it?  (Remembering he's a boy!)
I had dubbed him the third musketeer and indeed the three musketeers built a solid bond from a very early stage of Bob's arrival.

Merrilyn is on the left, Bob is lying down and Buster on the right.  Walking with them around the property and seeing them growing it's just an absolute joy!
And so to the attack.

Headlines around Australia this week, and probably the world, screamed from newspapers, the radio and TV.
 AFP put out a release across the world headed Giant Kangaroo Attacks Elderly Woman.
And it's true a kangaroo did come into an elderly woman's garden and he scratched and kicked her.  The thing is, and I am always amazed by the media's ability to omit a few salient facts so that people are horrified and start thinking of these gentle creatures as granny killers!
This release finally came out later, not front page, not mentioned on any radio or TV program and probably not beamed across the world.
Kangaroo "Eddie" who attacked 94 year old woman to be put down.
What this story explained was that Eddie the kangaroo wasn't a wild kangaroo, he had, in fact been kept in care after an unsuccessful attempt to release him.  This day he had escaped from his enclosure and was probably just looking for food and he associated food with humans and when this human didn't feed him he got annoyed.  Eddie is now injured, as well as dangerous and sadly having him euthanased is probably the only way.  These animals are meant to be wild and free.  Males in particular can become aggressive if kept in captivity.  Although this carer probably couldn't face having him euthanased, the result of keeping him could have resulted in someone losing their life.
I hope for media that report things less dramatically and completely so people don't think all our kangaroos are like this (a wild male will usually run away unless he is cornered, attacked, mating or being fed by humans), and I hope all carers who consider keeping adult kangaroos this way also take heed that it is the animal who will suffer in the end.
Sorry it's not all cheerful in the land of kangaroos, but there you go.  Until next Friday, many thanks for visiting, your presence is an additional joy in my life!


  1. Yep, as a mom of 4 boys I noticed right I am a medical professional after all. Just sayin'...It always amazes me the stupidity of humans, but then I can see why you would be attached to these lovely creatures...I'm already attached to yours just through these great stories. I always feel sorry for animals, even domestic ones, that are treated as if they should be sitting at our dinner tables and behaving perfectly. I applaud you and others who try and save and help, not interfere with Mother Nature, by eventually sending them back to their proper home. Good Job!

  2. How sad. I hate to hear something like that. Wild creatures should be left to the wild when they can fend for themselves.

  3. That is a sad ending to that poor kangaroo who in reality didn't know any better. The media does that all the time. And it's typical of people to destroy or condemn what they can't understand.

  4. You know, Cheryl, someone just brought this story up in conversation a few days ago. My response was actually something along the lines of, "I'm sure there was more to it than that." All the while, I wondered if you would touch on the matter this week. I'm glad you did. As for the three musketeers, they're adorable as always. :)

  5. Great to see Bob looking so healthy and "happy" - haha.

    Being in NZ I didn't see the report, but yes it amazes me how often the press go for attention grabbing headlines instead of the actual story.

  6. I didn't come across the information that he was not a wild kangaroo. It makes more sense now. I was puzzled as to why a wild kangaroo would attack like that.

  7. I didn't see this information here. It is always best when the media tell the whole story, unfortunately that's not what sell their papers. :(

  8. What a sad story! While I am sorry for the woman, even she didn't want the kangaroo hurt. It's very sad that the kangaroo's side of the story isn't taken into consideration . . . he escaped and was in unfamiliar territory.

    Glad that your kangaroos are doing so well, though!

  9. It was the first thing I thought - someone has been feeding that roo, it's looking for food and cranky. We have many many roos and wallabies around here, and while they come close sometimes, we never feed them and we manage to co-habit quite well. Of course, if you have ever seen two bucks fight, you'd have a very healthy respect for them too.

  10. The happy joey picture made me laugh.

    The media so often chooses sensationalism over teaching and it's very sad. I feel so bad for the kangaroo, who was only doing what he knew to do. Reading your stories helps me remember that animals are not human, but we humans can create such harm by acting as though they were.

  11. What a sad story. Typical of the media to post headlines that sell instead of ones that explain what really happened.

    Yes, I noticed his happiness. :)

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  13. Oh, man. I HATE reading about things like this. And you are right, the media's bias towards the extraordinary certainly doesn't help.

    On the other hand, I am THRILLED to see Bob doing so well. I wish there were more angels like you out there, so we wouldn't have to read about the wildlife that suffers on account of man's ignorance and stupidity.

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