​Woman Attacked By Kangaroo Gets 20 Stitches

Staff Reporter
Oct. 23, 2013

An Australian woman is attacked by a kangaroo while she was out walking her dogs. Janet Karson, of the southwestern Australian town of Deanmill, said she thought she was going to die when it happened.

Karson said that she was walking her dogs on Saturday when the animal appeared. One of her the pets chased after it, and she hurried to catch up. When she arrived, she witnessed the red male digging its claws locked onto one of her pets.

“I used a stick to lever its claws off my dog, and then it reared up in front of me. It was huge,” Karson told the newspaper. “All I can remember is its claws going to work on me and the smell of my own blood when my head fell on to its chest. I thought, ‘That’s it, I’m finished.’

“It all happened so quickly, it was over in a few seconds,” she added.

She was left with cuts to her neck, ears and back after it attacked. She said she needed 20 stitches to close the wounds to her ears. She doesn’t know what stopped the kangaroo from clawing, she isn’t sure if the dogs fought it off or not.

“I honestly believe it’s a miracle I’m alive,” she stated.

Male red kangaroos, the world’s largest marsupial, can grow as tall as a man and weigh around 200 pounds. The attacks against humans are rare, but they do happen occasionally. In July, a 94-year-old Australian woman fought off an attacking red kangaroo with a broom before police subdued the animal with pepper spray.

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