July 31, 2011
Police arrived and sprayed a wild kangaroo with pepper spray after it attacked a 94-year-old woman in her backyard and lunged at the officers, reports The Telegraph
Phyllis Johnson, the 94-year-old survivor of the kangaroo attack went to the hospital for treatment of her minor cuts and bruises. She tried to fight off the red kangaroo with a broom after it attacked her while she was hanging up her laundry.
"I thought it was going to kill me," she told The Courier Mail newspaper.
During the attack, the kangaroo knocked her down and kicked her. She eventually crawled inside and called the police.
"I happened to have a broom nearby and I just started swinging at it. I bashed it on the head but it kept going for me, not even the dog would help, it was too frightened."
Sergeant Stephen Perkins said that when two officers arrived on the scene the aggressive animal lunged at the officers. They were forced to subdue it with pepper spray.
"One officer had to deploy his spray on the animal and it ran away and saw the other police officer out of the corner of its eye," Sergeant Perkins said.
"The other officer also had to deploy his spray to keep from getting hurt. It's one of the many unusual calls we get out here."
Wildlife rangers later captured the male red kangaroo. Although they are the world's largest marsupials growing to 6ft 7in tall and up to 200lbs, they infrequently attack people.