A large kangaroo has kicked a woman to the ground and repeatedly stomped on her in an unprovoked attack on a Gold Coast golf course.
The 69-year-old woman was playing golf at the Arundel Hills Country Club when the animal struck from the side without warning just after 9am on Friday, Queensland ambulance said.
“She’s fallen to the ground at that first kick, and then when she’s been on the ground, she’s been stomped [on] a number of times by the kangaroo,” ambulance service operations supervisor Joel McEwan said.
“She was walking down the fairway, and the kangaroo’s come from the side, and just attacked without warning.”
The kangaroo then suddenly stopped its attack and moved away, leaving the woman lying on the ground with significant cuts to her face, head, arms and legs.
The woman was still conscious and moved into a golf buggy after the attack, with paramedics arriving not long after.
“The patient was quite upset at the scene … obviously it’s a shock being attacked by quite a large kangaroo,” McEwan said.
The woman was taken to Pindara private hospital in a stable condition, where she was being treated for her injuries.
McEwan said the most serious cut is to her jaw and she may require stitches.
The Queensland ambulance service has dealt with kangaroo attacks on humans previously on the Gold Coast, but McEwan said this was the first in about 12 to 18 months.
“They’re not common, especially on the golf courses where they get quite a lot of kangaroos,” he said.
Source: The Guardian