94-year-old attacked by kangaroo
CANBERRA, Australia - A 94-year-old woman struck an attacking kangaroo with a broom and managed to crawl to safety in her house in the Australian Outback before police subdued the animal with pepper spray.
Phyllis Johnson said the kangaroo attacked her while she was hanging her laundry in her yard Sunday in the Queensland state town of Charleville.
"I thought it was going to kill me," Johnson told The Courier Mail from a hospital bed. "It was taller than me, and it just plowed through the clothes on the washing line straight for me."
She said she saw a blur of red fur before the kangaroo knocked her down and kicked her prone body. Johnson told Australian media she managed to get to her feet and grab the broom to hit the animal enough times to daze it and escape.
"She fought it off herself with a bit of help from the family dog," her son said Tuesday. Rob Johnson said the kangaroo had "a bit of a go" at him when he arrived home from church, then he called police.
He said his mother has a large gash on her leg and is recovering from the attack.
Senior-Sgt. Stephen Perkins, head of police in Charleville, said the first officer to reach the backyard was forced to spray the kangaroo to avoid being injured.
"The animal jumped away, then saw another officer at the back of the police car and went for that officer, and he also had to deploy his capsicum spray — so the roo had to get sprayed twice," Perkins told The Associated Press. "After that, it hopped away from the scene, but police could still monitor its location — it didn't go too far."
Wildlife rangers trapped the kangaroo. It is a male red kangaroo, the world's largest marsupial. They can stand as tall as a man and weigh around 90 kilograms.
The kangaroo will be examined by a vet before a decision is made about its future, government official Mike Devery said. Initial observations found some muscle deterioration in one of its hind legs, he said.
Kangaroos rarely attack humans, and Perkins said he had never before heard of police using pepper spray against one.
"It did subdue the animal and drew its attention away for the officers, so it worked," he said.
The Associated Press
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Kangaroo fillets in Tasmanian pepper sauce
Ian 'Herbie' Hemphill
Serving size: Serves 4
Cuisine type: Modern Australian
Cooking time: Less than 30 minutes
Favourite flavours: Easy recipes
4 x 200 g kangaroo fillets
1 teaspoon mountain pepperleaf ground
50ml white wine
tasmanian pepper sauce
150ml white wine
3 tablespoon brandy
8 tablespoon light chicken stock
290ml double cream
1 tablespoon port
1 teaspoon mountain pepperleaf ground
4 freeze-dried tasmanian pepperberries, crushed
salt and pepper
Marinate the kangaroo in pepperleaf and wine. Make the sauce by putting wine and brandy into a saucepan and boil until reduced by two-thirds. Add the stock and boil for 5 minutes, add the cream and boil for a further 5 minutes.
Stir the sauce occasionally until it has reduced by a third and is pouring consistency. Add the port, pepperleaf and pepperberries and season with salt to taste. Keep warm while cooking kangaroo.
Melt butter in a frying pan and, when hot, add kangaroo, searing for 30 seconds each side. Reduce heat slightly and cook for a further 5 minutes each side. The meat should be tender and pink in the middle. You could also barbecue the kangaroo, but be careful not to burn. Serve kangaroo fillets with pepper sauce and wild rocket mash.
Casey Jones wrote:i've had roo pepperettes and they were pretty tasty.
Ah, they're calling it a "pepperette" now, are they?
Isn't there a movement to outlaw the roo pepperette? Isn't it like sharkfin, they catch the roo, cut off the poor beggar's pepperette and let them go, a la John Wayne Bobbitt? Without benefit of a porn career?
When things get worse, I take comfort in knowing they can only get better.
Gardenfit wrote:meathead1 wrote:i've had roo jerkey, not very good at all. Very metallic taste to it.
Probably a Canadian Kangaroo..
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