Thursday, 19 January 2017

Kangaroo attacks Melbourne jogger 'like a damn truck'

Personal trainer Debbie Urquhart says she was running on a bush track when a two-metre-tall ‘big boy’ came out of nowhere

Australian Associated Press

Tuesday 17 January 2017 02.13 GMT

A towering male kangaroo hit a Melbourne jogger “like a damn truck” in an attack that left her scratched, bleeding and needing emergency surgery.

Debbie Urquhart, a personal trainer, said the “big boy” who came out of nowhere and knocked her down was two metres tall.

Urquhart didn’t see him coming as she was out running on a bush track on Saturday morning near Westerfolds Park. “He came and he hit me like a damn truck and I didn’t know what was going on,” she told 3AW on Tuesday. “The more I was screaming the more he was going for me.”

Urquhart said the attack ended when she stopped screaming, allowing her to crawl into grass and hide.

She hobbled about 200 metres home, bleeding profusely, and her husband took her to hospital. She needed dozens of stitches and emergency surgery to repair a torn biceps muscle, a ripped deltoid and deep scratches to her back and buttocks.

“He pushed me down with his back feet and then just sort of clawed at me,” she said. “Me protecting myself is how my arm got ripped so badly. He could have got to my stomach or anything but I sort of protected myself with the grass and, thank God, he moved away.”

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