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Tracy Noonan was going for a run near her home in Melbourne, Australia, when she ‘felt a massive thump in the middle of my back’ and was knocked to the ground. When she turned round, she saw a wild kangaroo standing over her.
She managed to run to a nearby house where she took refuge. Weirdly, the angry ‘too stalked her there and continued to watch her through the window for the next 20 minutes.
‘It was something out of a horror movie. It just kept coming and coming. I thought, oh my God, this kangaroo is going to kill me,’ she said.
A ranger later told her that the scent of the Sarah Jessica Parker perfume she was wearing had likely attracted the kangaroo’s attention, she said.
‘It’s so funny because who puts perfume on to go on a run?,’ Noonan said as she recounted the attack.
‘I left early in the morning and I was fumbling around for deodorant and that’s all I could find. I was not trying to attract any kangaroos, I can assure you that.’
Noonan said she often sees kangaroos while running, but this time it came jumping over fences to confront her.
Authorities in Australia say the risk of kangaroo attack is generally very low, but their behaviour can be ‘unpredictable when they feel threatened’.
via Daily Mail:
When they do attack, they will push with their forepaws or kick out with their hind legs, treating their human target like another kangaroo.
Experts advise people to curl into a ball and lie still with their hands covering their face if they are attacked by a kangaroo, and wait for the animal to move away.
Also: Go lightly on the Sarah Jessica Parker perfume…
(Kangaroo photo: Pixabay)