Greig Tonkins, a 34-year-old zookeeper from Australia, was out hunting wild pigs when his dog Max ran off, and fell into the grasp of a kangaroo. The kangaroo put Max in a headlock, appearing to try to choke him.
So Tonkins rushed toward the kangaroo, and when the kangaroo let go of the dog, the man punched him in the face.
The kangaroo appeared momentarily stunned by the punch. He eventually ran off, and Tonkins and his dog were safe.
Tonkins has faced criticism for his actions, and according to a Daily Mail report, may face sanctions from the zoo at which he works.
One person witnessed the incident in person defended Tonkins.
“He only threw the punch to redirect the animal and afterwards there were a few nervous and relieved laughs,” an unidentified person who was on the trip told the Daily Mail. The same person added, “It made me sick to be (Australian) when people were wishing this family man and dog died, when the kangaroo wasn’t even hurt.”
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