Linda Smith, 64, from Darling Downs, was attacked by the mammoth kangaroo early yesterday evening after trying to save her husband from the same animal.Smith and her husband Jim have worked in animal welfare for years and feed around 30 kangaroos and wallabies at their Cypress Gardens property every night.
But last night when the couple started to feed the dozens of hungry animals, a different kangaroo showed up."This one kangaroo came in and I thought it was one of the kangaroos we have raised. He was a huge grey, would have been at least six foot." she said.
The kangaroo attacked her husband, kicking him onto his back."Jim was on the ground and the kangaroo just kept at him. I went outside to try and help him and took a broom and a piece of bread, but he knocked the broom out of my hand then attacked me.I got him off Jim and Jim got up and I managed to grab a piece of wood to defend myself with that. Then my son came out to try and help me and hit him over the head with a shovel. I have never been one to want to hurt animals."
The shovel hit forced the kangaroo to retreat back into the bushes and allowed the family to call emergency services. Smith was taken to Toowoomba Hospital where she is expected to have surgery this afternoon to treat her injuries.