Pet Kangaroo Attacks


Haley Graff, author

William Cruise gets attacked by his pet kangaroo on September 13, 2022, at his home near Perth, Australia. A close relative was on the property when they found him on the ground, “seriously injured.” Many believe the pet turned on him and attacked him long before the relative arrived.

Sadly the man died along with the kangaroo. Since the kangaroo did not leave the man’s side after murdering him, eventually the kangaroo was shot dead. “The kangaroo was posing an ongoing threat to emergency responders.” Policeman replied. This was the first fatal kangaroo attack since 1936, which also occurred in Australia.

It is debated whether the kangaroo was out of order or the man’s fault for his death for keeping the wild grey kangaroo as a pet when it is illegal in the Perth area. “This looks like it was an adult male and they become quite aggressive, and they don’t do well in captivity,” Irwin said. “We don’t know what the situation was; if he was in pain or why he was being kept in captivity, and unfortunately … they’re not a cute animal, they’re a wild animal.” Was explained after the incident.

Western gray kangaroos are extremely common in southwestern Australia. They can stand over 4 feet tall and can weigh up to 120 pounds. Perth zoo says, “they are herbivores and eat coarse grasses and some shrubs.” But even though they do not eat humans they still will attack if feels necessary. Kangeroo attacks are so rare because of their instinct to flee unless the wild animal feels cornered. In this scenario, the animal may attack.