Over the weekend, there was a video making the rounds of an Australian bloke punching a kangaroo in the face to free his dog, which the ‘roo had sort of a death grip on. If you haven’t seen it in some form or another yet, here’s a clip from it:
Maybe it’s the wrong way to look at it, but I can’t help but laugh every time I watch this (and it’s been quite a few times). In fact, for your viewing pleasure, here’s a nice looped .gif of it:
I mean, aside from the fact that this guy just assaulted an animal, it is kinda funny to look at. The kangaroo just kinda stands there stunned for a moment afterward, not sure of what to do, and then eventually decides it doesn’t need any of that and runs off.
Probably a good thing too, because if you’ve never seen a male kangaroo up close… they’re jacked!
“That’s a very strong-looking squirrel.” – Taylor Renkema
As it turns out, however, there’s quite a story behind the video. Here it is, according to Mashable:
“Basically Kailem wanted to catch a boar,” trip-organiser Mathew Amor told the news outlet.
“And so a few of us got together to take him out, and another mate filmed more than an hour of video to put together as a DVD for Kailem and his family of the trip.”
The man who actually punched the kangaroo is only known as “Goo,” and has kept quiet due to having a “good government job.”
However Daily Mail say they have identified the man as a zookeeper, working in the elephant enclosure at Taronga Western Plains Zoo — which, if true, would add yet another layer of strangeness to the whole story.
By the way, the dog is fine thanks to its breastplate — used to protect it from boar tusks.
“My mate only stunned it,” Amor said. “His hand was OK, he didn’t hit it very hard at all. It was funny because the guy who did it is the most placid bloke. We laughed at him for chucking such a sh*t punch.”
Just from that account alone, I feel like I’d fit right in down under.