Woman attacked by kangaroo while walking dog
A woman has undergone surgery after being attacked by a kangaroo in Wodonga, regional Victoria.
Dina, who doesn't want to be identified further, said she "played dead" to stop the savage mauling.
Released from hospital today, she said she came face to face with a big male kangaroo after letting her pet dog off its leash at Federation Hill.
She said her dog started chasing the kangaroo, so she tried to intervene and was attacked.
"I ran up the embankment to try and get my dog away but not realising that I was only three or four metres behind the roo. And that's when I sensed the roo was panicking and thinking 'I'm being attacked on all sides'," she said.
"He looked at me and I knew what was going to happen. Something made me turn around. He attacked me from behind and he knocked me to the ground. He gouged out the back of my leg, I know now if I hadn't turned around, I would probably have been disembowelled."
The attack happened metres from a local walking track. Dina said there was little she could do except wait for the mauling to stop.
"He started pounding on me and jumping on me and I played dead. I just thought this is happening, just wait until it is over."
There are council signs in the area advising dog owners to keep their pets on leashes.
Councillor Danny Lowe said owners should be extra vigilant over summer, with dry conditions forcing kangaroos closer to homes.
"Lack of feed and lack of water is bringing them in closer to residential areas. They are wild animals, they will defend themselves and they are territorial," Councillor Danny Lowe said.
Dina underwent surgery for her leg wounds and required 25 stitches for facial injuries, but said she didn't blame the kangaroo, aware her dog caused the attack.
"Absolutely not, if anything, we're encroaching on their ecology. I could sense his panic I really felt for him the poor thing."
She said it was a reminder to others to take care around wild animals.
"Not to be afraid but to have a fearful respect for them," she said.