OZ - berserk kangaroo terrorises family

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'Horror movie' scenes as berserk kangaroo terrorises family

A kangaroo smashed through a glass front door and terrorised a Northern Territory family during a three-hour rampage through their home.

Jabiru resident Mr Dean Khan armed himself with an empty bourbon bottle to take on what he assumed was a human home invader when he was woken by the crash of shattered glass shortly after midnight on Tuesday, police said. The 1.7-metre kangaroo, cut and bleeding, then bounded through the mining town house and over an 11-year-old boy - one of five children in the house.

Unable to get the crazed animal out, the children's mother, Ms Lisa Miller, called police.

One of the two officers who attended, Senior Constable Alistair Taylor, said the house looked like the set of a horror movie.

"There was blood and broken glass everywhere, blood all over the child's bed and up the walls, and a puppy was cowering terrified in a corner," he said.

Constable Taylor and Constable Tim Perry spent the next two hours trying to coax the wounded animal, which they suspected may have been chased into town by dingoes, out of the house.

"It was hissing at us, rearing up at us boxing-like with its front paws," Constable Taylor said.

The ordeal ended when police roped and hogtied the animal and bustled it into a police car. The kangaroo was later destroyed.



The action at the Melbourne world forum was tame compared to daily provincial life in OZ...

This item was tabled to bring diversity, what with reports of jelliefish et al this forum is beginning to get rather ordinary.

Regards from Down Under

-- Pieter (zaadz@icisp.net.au), September 13, 2000


Tie me kangaroo down, sport

-- Lars (lars@indy.net), September 13, 2000.

The animal escapes death by dingos, only to be "destroyed" by humans. What a bunch of cowards. Sad so sad.

-- cin (cin@=0).cin), September 13, 2000.

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