'Cute' kangaroo 'attacks and injures' two cyclists in South Australia


A woman claims to have been injured after being jumped by a kangaroo while cycling with her friend in an Australian wine region.

Sharon Heinrich, 45, said she and Helen Salter, 47, were cycling side by side along a tourist route in the Clare Valley in South Australia state when she saw a large kangaroo standing on a slight rise.

As they passed, the kangaroo bounded across the trail, landing with his long hind legs first on Heinrich's left torso and then on Salter's back.

Kangaroo sign in Australia
A woman says she and her friend were attacked by a kangaroo (Nicolo Bonazzi/Flickr)

It knocked both from their bikes before hopping off, apparently unharmed, Heinrich said.

"I've gone to ride past, I thought 'He's cute', and he's just jumped me and taken out the side of me," Heinrich said. "As I'm falling, I felt him push off me and then he's flown to Helen and taken her out."

"He looked peaceful. He didn't look angry," she added.

Heinrich said she broke three ribs and will undergo surgery on Thursday to replace ruptured breast implants.

Clare Valley in Southern Australia.
The cyclists were riding along a tourist route in the Clare Valley in South Australia (Mark Smith/Flickr)

"They worked as air bags and have been ruptured by the ordeal," Heinrich joked.

According to Heinrich, her friend suffered concussion and whiplash but managed to cycle on Heinrich's bike to a nearby business to call an ambulance.

Salter could not be immediately contacted for comment on Monday.

The pair work in a nursing home in the town of Clare and are used to seeing kangaroos in the area.