In case you needed it, here’s more evidence that kangaroos can be extremely dangerous.
Debbie Urquhart, 54, was out jogging around 6am in the morning when a male kangaroo suddenly appeared. Urquarts says that the animal continued to kick her around like a “rag doll” after it had her pinned to the ground.
“This kangaroo just came out of nowhere and knocked me down and got stuck into me. It was rather frightening.” She estimated the kangaroo to be nearly six feet tall.
“He ripped me to pieces,” Urquhart said. “He pinned me to the ground, and was jumping at me, scratching me…my clothes were just shredded.”
“The noises it was making were terrible and it just kept going for me. He was so aggressive. “
Urquhart told Channel 9 that the animal had left her alone for a little while and that she thought he was going to “come back and kill me.” Finally, she decided to play dead and hoped the animal would leave her alone. Luckily, that worked!
Once she made it back to her house, her husband rushed her to the hospital where she received around 35 stitches.
“It’s usually only when a kangaroo is cornered or feels endangered they’ll resort to that,” James Johnson, Operations Supervisor from Wildlife Victoria, said this type attack is unusual and only takes place when the animal feels cornered.
Urquhart knows the animal had real potential to kill her. For now, she is just happy to be alive.