Australia is filled with an insane amount of diverse animal life. Although koala bears are one the token animals found in the country, so are snakes and spiders. However, the one marsupial you should fear is the big and muscular kangaroo. When this man saw that the pouched animal was strangling his dog, he did the one thing he could do – he punched the animal in the face.
A video online has gone viral that shows an Aussie saving his dog from an aggressive kangaroo. Greig Tonkins is a 34-year-old zookeeper who was going out on a special hunt with a dying friend, Kailem Barwick. The elephant keeper was out hunting wild pigs with some buddies when his dog, Max, was put in a headlock by a kangaroo. The incident took place in June 2016 but recently went viral after it was uploaded on Facebook.
When Tonkins spotted the attack, he immediately approached the aggressor which prompted the animal to let go of his dog. After the marsupial released the dog, he turned his attention to the human and it looked like the two were ready to box. The father-of-two did not hold back. He punched the kangaroo in the face which caused the animal to raise his arms in shock. Rather than continue to fight, Tonkins turned the other way and proceeded to walk back.
After the incident went viral, his employers considered taking “appropriate action.” “Taronga Western Plains Zoo can confirm that Greig Tonkins is an employee at Taronga Western Plains Zoo,” confirms a spokesperson from the zoo. “Good animal welfare and the protection of Australian wildlife are of the utmost importance to Taronga. We are working with Mr. Tonkins to understand the exact circumstances of the event and will consider any appropriate action.”
Tonkins and his friends were on the hunting trip together in an effort to help their sick friend catch a “tonner”, a wild bore weighing more than 100 kilograms. The crazy moment was caught by a videographer who tagged along to record the trip.
Another man on the trip has come forward to defend Tonkins on his actions. “The dog wanted no part of it, all it was trying to do was escape from the roo and that’s why he stepped in,” the man said in an interview with the Daily Mail. “He only threw the punch to redirect the animal and afterwards there were a few nervous and relieved laughs, and then we just went on with getting Kailem a tonner.”
Fortunately, they managed to catch their tonner for their friend. However, Kailem recently passed away and his funeral will take place on December 8th, 2016. As for now, the other guys are dealing with the reactions from the viral video. “The video went viral in America and there was not one bad comment, and then it goes crazy in Australia and there’s a whole bunch of outrage,” revealed one of the men from the hunting group.