Mick Moloney's brave rescue of his dog from a towering kangaroo in Mildura, Victoria, highlights the unexpected dangers kangaroos can pose near water, despite being herbivores.
Man Bravely Rescues His Dog From Terrifying Two-Metre-Tall Kangaroo After Having A 'Punch On'
A man has bravely saved his dog from a kangaroo that appeared to be very threatening.
When visiting Australia, many visitors may naturally be terrified of snakes and spiders, but roos are also definitely not to be messed with.
This was revealed by Mick Moloney when he saw one in Mildura, Victoria, that stood two meters tall.
It didn't take him long to figure out where one of his dogs had disappeared after he noticed it was missing on a stroll beside the Murray River.
"I saw a kangaroo...with his arms in the water, basically just staring at me,” he explained to Sunrise.
“Next thing you know, Hutchy came up gasping for air, water spilling out of his mouth and screaming his head off.”
“I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’”
The marsupial was not even startled by the ex-policeman's attempts to scare it away.
He quickly pulled out his phone and captured the exact moment he waded into the river to get his dog.
He yelled, "Let go of my dog," and then he swiped at the roo, who responded right away.
At this point, the video starts to turn hazy as Mick appears to fall into the river.
But he got back up, leaving Hutchy free to swim off.
Mick laughed and ran off, splashing the kangaroo.
He told the 7News program: “I got a few [scratches]. My forearm was killing me for most of the day. It was a bit of a punch on.”
When social media users watched the video, they were in complete disbelief.
"Kangaroo drowning me in water fear unlocked," one said.
Another added: "Kangaroo’s freak me out. They look like a bodybuilder with a deer head. I can’t unsee it."
A third wrote: "Beating up a kangaroo is wild."
However, let this serve as a warning to anyone who comes across a kangaroo in the water.
Although Roos are herbivores—that is, they exclusively consume plants—they are nonetheless capable of self-defense.
Graeme Coulson, a Langaroo ecologist from the University of Melbourne, told NBC News: "There's a very strong instinct – kangaroos will go to water if they're threatened by a predator.”
"In the case of a big male, they can definitely drown dogs. If the dog swims out to them, they've got strong arms and big claws and they can drown [the dog]."
You might probably imagine that Mick's dog experienced exactly this.