True blue tales with roos

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

‘‘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.

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