During a “terrifying” kangaroo assault in New South Wales’ northern tablelands, a three-year-old girl was transported to hospital with head wounds.
Around 5.30 p.m. on Thursday, NSW Ambulance was called to a residential street in Armidale with complaints of a kangaroo assault on a young child.
When the kangaroo got onto a property’s back porch, where the child was at the time, he attacked.
The girl’s head, back, and arm were all severely lacerated.
“As a result of this attack, the young patient had received a number of serious lacerations, including a wound to the side of her head,” said Brian Lakin of NSW Ambulance.
“There is no doubt this would have been a terrifying ordeal for the little girl, who appeared to be in shock when paramedics arrived.
“This is a reminder to everyone about how unpredictable wild animals can be.”
The Westpac rescue helicopter was alerted, and a critical care doctor and two paramedic road crews were sent to the scene.
The girl received treatment at the home by paramedics, before being taken to Armidale airport and flown to the John Hunter hospital in Newcastle.
This article was first published by The Guardian on 18 March 2022. Lead Image: A three-year-old girl is in hospital after being attacked by a kangaroo at a property in Armidale, NSW. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images.
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