A man fought back after being attacked by a kangaroo in Australia, footage shows.
Footage, captured on CCTV and posted to YouTube channel This is Australia, shows the moment Cliff Des throws the kangaroo to the ground in a New South Wales neighborhood.
Des can be seen frantically running from a giant kangaroo that appears just behind him.
Des then falls over and gets back up, only for the kangaroo to attack him. The man then appears to struggle against the huge animal as it continues to hop towards him. Des eventually manages to trap the kangaroo between his legs, forcing it to be pinned to the ground.
The video has since gone viral, garnering over 34,000 views on YouTube as of June 1st.
Des told Australia today Program that the attack happened after spotting the kangaroo with his dogs in the garden.
According to Des, the kangaroo was about 6 feet tall and was “trying to tear [his] little dogs from the yard.”
“I went close, about 30 feet away, to try and shoo it away but it wouldn’t go away,” he told Australia today Program. “I thought this guy was serious, he would be kidding me if I didn’t, I brought him down.”
Des did not emerge from the incident unscathed. The kangaroo bit his fingers and scratched his head and legs, he told the news agency.
A caption for the YouTube video says the attack was “unprovoked.”
According to the Queensland government website, kangaroos used to being fed by humans can become aggressive. When these kangaroos come expecting food and there is none, they can become restless.
It says people often lose caution and “first-hand knowledge” about the animals and “how they live,” making attacks more regular.
“This means we can get too close to kangaroos and wallabies without thinking about the consequences,” the website reads. “To kangaroos and wallabies that live on the bushveld edge of a suburban area, a human can be little more than a large animal to live in their habitat – and one from which they must occasionally defend themselves.”
Kangaroos can grow large, between 3 and 8 feet. The animals also have muscular legs and tails, meaning they can pack a powerful punch. They even have powerful jaws, which some say have a bite as strong as that of a grizzly bear.
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