Footage of a man taking on a wild kangaroo that was threatening his pet dogs has gone viral online after being uploaded to Facebook by the man’s daughter.
Earlier this week, Bree Tuohey shared a video that showed a massive kangaroo on her father’s property near the country town of Bendigo in Victoria. The roo had Bree’s father’s dogs in sight and could be seen bouncing in an attempt to attack them.
“Dad gets attacked by a kangaroo trying to get the dogs and still doesn’t drop his stubby,” Bree captioned the clip.
Dressed in a singlet, shorts and sunglasses with a beer in his hand, Bree’s father Daniel could be seen marching up to the kangaroo. Unimpressed, the kangaroo used its legs to kick Daniel to the ground. He managed to save the can of beer in his hands and his two dogs.
Bree could be heard screaming in the clip and warning him about the kangaroo.
“Dad, it’s coming,” she warned. “Oh my gosh.”
Since Thursday, the clip has been viewed more than 467,000 times on Facebook, has been shared by more than 6,000 people and amassed more than 3,400 comments.
The attack has left Daniel with deep cuts on his arms and bruises on his ribs. Speaking to 9 News, the father explained that he thought the kangaroo would drown his beloved pets and knew he had to do something to stop it.
“I just went down and then all of a sudden the roo was five metres away,” he said. “Then it came straight at me and took its opportunity to take me out.”
Bree also appeared on 9 News and said while she filmed the attack, she was hoping it wouldn’t go further than it did.
“I was a bit shocked,” she admitted. “It was very scary, but I’m not sure what I would have done if it kept going.”
Plenty of people have flocked to Bree’s Facebook page to praise her dad for his actions, while others have criticised the video. It has even prompted vets to warn just how deadly a kangaroo can be.
“Unfortunately, it just part of the kangaroo’s behaviour,” vet Kellie Anset told 9 News. “A Natural instinct to defend itself. Their claws are quite long and sharp and we frequently see dogs in here that have been damaged by kangaroos.”