Kangaroo Attacks Toddler on Porch in 'Terrifying' Ordeal

A toddler in Australia was hospitalized after being attacked by a kangaroo on the family's front porch on their farm in New South Wales.

The three-year-old was airlifted to hospital after being attacked by a kangaroo at around 6 p.m. on Thursday might, as reported by The West Australian.

Emergency services responded to a call to the house in Armidale, with ground paramedics and a critical care doctor. They were able to stabilize the girl's condition before the helicopter arrived to transport her to the John Hunter Hospital.

The three-year-old suffered "serious" head lacerations along with lacerations to her back and arm too. She had been sitting on her family's front porch when the kangaroo attacked.

New South Wales Ambulance inspector Brian Lakin told The West Australian that the incident should act as a reminder for Australian residents to take extra safety precautions when around wild animals.

"The young patient had suffered a number of deep lacerations, including a wound to the side of her head as a result of this attack," he said.

"There is no doubt this would have been a terrifying ordeal for the little girl, who appeared to be in shock when paramedics arrived.

"This is a reminder to everyone about how unpredictable wild animals can be."

In Australia, despite the animals being seen as a friendly cultural icon, kangaroo attacks can have fatal endings.

Ian Temby, who had spent over 30 years with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in Australia, explained to The Age in 2017: "If you're standing up, the kangaroo can kick you with its hind feet and that can pretty much rip you open. That's extremely dangerous."

He added: "You need to crouch down low and back away, get away, and get a bush or a tree between you and the kangaroo. It's not going to chase you far."

According to the Australian Government's Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, there were over 34 million kangaroos in Australia in 2011, a sharp decrease from well over 57 million in 2001, as culls, hunting and environmental pressures took their toll.

In New South Wales, a recent drought has seen population numbers plummet by over 25 percent in just three years, falling to 10.5 million animals in 2020, compared to 14 million in 2019, as reported by a local ABC news outlet.

Kangaroos are native only to Australia, but that hasn't stopped attacks elsewhere in the world too. At the end of last year, a Tennessee man strangled his neighbor's pet kangaroo after it attacked his wife.

Reportedly, the kangaroo had escaped from his usual space in the backyard, leaving neighbors coaxing him back with feed.

The report said that the female neighbor was assaulted by the kangaroo after stepping onto the property. Her husband then reportedly intervened, strangling the kangaroo to death.

And, a man was assaulted by one of the creatures on Christmas Day in 2020, while another woman was left fearing for her life after being caught in a kangaroo stampede last year.

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