AUSTRALIA — New footage of a fight online is being billed as the most Australian thing on the internet – a man going toe to toe with a wild kangaroo, to save his pet dog.
On June 15, a group of buddies set out on a hunting trip to show their dying friend, Kailem, one last good time before he passed away from cancer. The men travelled deep into the bush of the outback, searching for a massive wild boar.
Their dogs ran ahead of them, as the hounds are trained to pick up the scent of the pigs, while steering clear of kangaroos. Unfortunately, one of the dogs got too close to a tall buck kangaroo, who wasted no time grabbing hold of the canine.
Realizing his dog was in danger, the dog’s owner, Greig Tonkins, ran out to the rescue, ready to go toe-to-toe with the menacing marsupial. The dog happened to be wearing a protective vest, designed to protect him from the sharp tusks of a wild boar. Luckily, it shielded him from the nasty claws of the ‘roo, too, which can cut through flesh. However, Greig Tonkins ran in unprotected, and one steady kick to the gut from the kangaroo could have injured him severely.
As Tonkins ran toward the two, the dog was able to break free. Suddenly, Greig Tonkins found himself face to face with the kangaroo, so he put his fists up in a fighting stance. The battle lasted all of one punch, a sweeping right bare-knuckle fist to the kangaroo’s mouth. The roo, shaken up, took a moment to reconcile what had happened, and seconds later, he bounded off into the distance.
Media reports following the viral circulation of the video indicate Greig Tonkins also happens to be a professional zookeeper at Taronga’s Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo.
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