A man who went pig hunting with his friends came face-to-face with a kangaroo after it trapped his dog in a headlock. The man, Greig Tonkins, rushed over to save his dog.
Tonkins managed to catch the kangaroo by surprise, forcing it to let go of the dog. But the boomer switched its focus to Tonkins instead, and squared up to him getting ready to kick. Tonkins told media he wanted to scare off the kangaroo and give his dog a chance to retreat, so he punched the marsupial in the face.
“The guy’s very lucky because he could have been killed,” said Marco Festa-Bianchet, a biologist at Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec.
Contrary to popular belief, kangaroos don’t typically try to punch each other, says Festa-Bianchet. They prefer to balance on their sturdy tails and kick with their strong hind legs, which are also clawed.