Kangaroos have been known to be feisty and violent animals, so when a dog in Australia found itself the target of a large kangaroo, things didn’t look good for the dog.
No one — least of all the kangaroo — expected that the dog’s owner, Greig Tonkins, would show up and protect his pup by punching the kangaroo squarely in the face.
Tonkins’ quick-thinking actions worked, as a video of the incident showed the kangaroo releasing the dog and hopping away from the scene.
The man and his hunting dogs were on a boar-hunting trip in New South Wales for a sick friend when this particular dog, Max, got tangled up with the kangaroo who reportedly roughed him up, according to Fox Sports.
Eventually the kangaroo put the dog in a headlock just as Tonkins and his friends pulled up to the scene.
When Tonkins rushed over to the scary situation, the kangaroo released the dog and turned its attention to the man — who punched it in the face, hoping the animal wouldn’t bother him or his dog any further, a friend who witnessed the altercation told the U.K. Daily Mail.
It worked. The stunned kangaroo stared at the man — in what can only be described as disbelief — for a moment before hopping away.
The hunters went along with their trip as planned and even managed to score that boar for their sick friend, according to the Daily Mail.
The video of the altercation was later posted to social media, where it went viral all over the world. But while it was well received in the United States, the reaction in Australia was reportedly a bit different.
“The video went viral in America and there was not one bad comment, and then it goes crazy in Australia and there’s a whole bunch of outrage,” one of Tonkins’ fellow hunters told the Daily Mail.
In fact, the outrage even reached Tonkins’ employer, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, whose officials were “looking into” the incident, considering that the man takes care of animals on a daily basis.
“Good animal welfare and the protection of Australian wildlife are of the utmost importance to Taronga,” a representative for the zoo told the Daily Mail. “We are working with Mr. Tonkins to understand the exact circumstances of the event and will consider any appropriate action.”
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