Posted: Nov 23, 2009 7:26 AM by Associated Press
An Australian man who tried to save his dog from a kangaroo is hospitalized northeast of Melbourne after the animal turned on him. Chris Rickard says he was walking the dog near a dam Sunday morning when they surprised a sleeping kangaroo. The dog chased the animal into the wate,r but the roo then turned and pinned the pet underwater.
When Rickard tried to pull his dog free, the kangaroo attacked with its hind legs, tearing a deep gash into the man's abdomen and across his face. Rickard tells The Herald Sun newspaper that "it was a shock." Rickard said he ended the attack by elbowing the kangaroo in the throat.
Kangaroos do not normally attack humans but will fight if they feel threatened.
Dogs often chase kangaroos, which have been known to lead the pets into water and then pin them under as a means of defense.