Jogger attacked by kangaroo thrown around like 'rag doll'

Woman attacked on suburban jogging track in Melbourne

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Jogger attacked by kangaroo thrown around like 'rag doll'

A personal trainer is recovering after a kangaroo attack in a suburban area of Melbourne, Australia.

Debbie Urquhart, 54, said the two-metre tall male came out of nowhere and hit her "like a damn truck".

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The former body building champion was running on a bush track near Westerfolds Park on Saturday morning.



She described how the animal pinned threw her around like a "rag doll". Speaking to 9 News, Debbie said: "This kangaroo just came out of nowhere and knocked me down and got stuck into me. It was rather frightening.

"He pinned me to the ground, and was jumping at me, scratching me...my clothes were just shredded."

"The noises it was making were terrible and it just kept going for me. He was so aggressive. He ripped me to pieces."

The Guardian reports that Debbie explained how the more she screamed the more aggressive the kangaroo became, but that when she stopped, the kangaroo seemed to back away and she managed to get back to her home a few hundred metres away.

Speaking to the Herald Sun, she added: "He just kept on kicking into me and I was trying to crawl away.

"He left me for a bit and I thought he was going to come back and kill me."

Her husband took her to the hospital, where she received around 35 stitches to wounds on her arms, neck, back and buttocks.

Debbie said she feels lucky to be alive and, according to the Telegraph, 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."

Wildlife Victoria said that although 90 kangaroo sightings had been reported in the area in the last year, this was the first known attack.

A spokesman described that attack as "incredibly unusual" and added that kangaroos usually only attack when they feel cornered or threatened, but that the public should always give them a wide berth.

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