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77-year-old man dies after kangaroo attacked him and blocked paramedics from saving his life

77-year-old man dies after kangaroo attacked him and blocked paramedics from saving his life

This is the first time in nearly 100 years since a kangaroo fatally attacked a human in Australia.

A 77-year-old man was attacked and killed by a kangaroo in Australia. Authorities believe Peter Eades, a local alpaca breeder, tried to keep the animal as a pet. He was found severely hurt at his rural property near Albany. Emergency medical workers were called to the scene on Sunday but they had difficulties getting to the man. According to The Metro, the animal prevented paramedics from reaching the injured man who died at the scene. Police said they were forced to kill the kangaroo as the animal continued to pose a threat to the responders. St John WA paramedics who rushed to the scene to help the elderly injured man were forced to call cops when the aggressive animal stopped them from getting near their patient. "The kangaroo was posing an ongoing threat to emergency responders and the attending officers were required to euthanize the kangaroo by firearm," the police spokesman told WA Today.



 

 

It's been almost 100 years since a kangaroo fatally attacked a human. The last known attack is believed to have been in New South Wales in 1936, ABC News reports. Kangaroo behavior expert Graeme Coulson claims that kangaroo attacks are "very, very rarely fatal". "They're large animals, they've got a lot of weapons, sharp nails and sharp teeth, and certainly if they're cornered or in some sort of distress, that can be quite dangerous," Associate Professor Coulson said. "The problem with kangaroos and people is we're both upright animals, we stand on our two feet, and an upright stance like that is a challenge to the male kangaroo. They don't distinguish between people and other kangaroos … and that gets particularly risky when the male grows, and becomes bigger and stronger, and then you can have problems like this. Kangaroos 'wild animals.'"

Representational Cover Image Source: Getty Images | Jami Tarris
Representational Cover Image Source: Getty Images | Jami Tarris

 

Peter Eades is being remembered by community members as an animal lover who had raised the animal from the time it was a joey. Despite his presumably kind intentions, according to wildlife carer, Michelle Jones kangaroos should never be kept as pets. "I have raised joeys that sat in the palm of my hand and hadn't even opened up their eyes yet … At around 18 months to three years of age, these beautiful sweet lovable [animals], which is the description I would give them up to that point, become wild animals." Young male kangaroos tend to be aggressive because of their testosterone. "They want to spar, they want to box, and right now it's kangaroo breeding season."



 

 

Representational Cover Image Source: Getty Images | Jamie Lamb

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