Australian Man Fatally Attacked By Pet Kangaroo

An Australian man died Monday after being attacked by his pet kangaroo, according to police.

A relative discovered the 77-year-old man at his home where he was suffering from serious injuries caused by his pet kangaroo, police reported.

When emergency service personnel arrived at the rural property, the animal prevented them from providing the man with treatment. Law enforcement was forced to shoot and kill the animal so first responders could reach the man and administer care, according to the report.

The man died at the scene, making this the first fatal kangaroo attack in 86 years. Native Animal Rescue nurse Tanya Irwin said kangaroos are not typically violent against humans.

The last known fatal kangaroo attack occurred in 1936 when a man attempted to rescue his two pet dogs from a kangaroo.

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