EARLIER this month, when three kangaroos escaped from a German zoo, we had a thought.
We live in the country kangaroos come from; there are more of them here than us, and plenty in the Hunter. What would we do if one attacked us?
A quick web search revealed we weren’t the only ones who’d wondered. A website even filed surviving a roo attack under ‘‘Things you have to know if you are going to visit Australia’’.
Then we found this, in the US online magazine Slate.com.
‘‘How Do You Defend Yourself Against a Rampaging Kangaroo?’’
Their main tip is ‘‘sidle away, slowly’’. The best approach, says Slate, is to maintain a safe distance from the angry roo and turn your body sideways while protecting your face and ‘‘organs’’.
‘‘Retreat, but do not turn your back and run. A kangaroo can easily chase you down, kicking as it hops,’’ is the advice.
‘‘Swallow your pride and let out a short, low cough or grunt – that’s how kangaroos admit inferiority to a more powerful male.’’
There’s more to it, but the takeaway message is sidle away, slowly. It makes our heart race just thinking about it. Have you successfully diffused a showdown with a kangaroo?
Let us know.