Don't run from aggressive roos, wildlife carer advises
PEOPLE confronted by aggressive kangaroos should maintain eye contact and back away slowly, says Ray Revill, curator of the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary.
Mr Revill has had many years reading the bodily language of roos and said if they shape up to you, you should never turn and run.
"Leave them alone and back off," he advised.
Mr Revill, who has been "kicked, scratched and booted" by roos in his career as a wildlife carer, said you could tell when a buck was feeling territorial or threatened.
He said the animal would start scratching at the ground vigorously and throwing dirt around.
"That's an indication you are entering their territory."
The male roo would then be likely to stand up on its hinds legs and stare you down.
"They will usually start to snort and growl," Mr Revill explained.
"If there are two big bucks fighting, they will sort it out usually. It is mating season so you are always going to come across that sort of thing.
"You are better off backing away and not intervening.
"Just step backwards. Don't run or do anything startling."
Mr Revill's comments come in the wake of the attack on Torbanlea's Robert Franklin by a large eastern grey kangaroo.
Mr Franklin was in his backyard when he was confronted by two large bucks fighting on Saturday afternoon.
He tried to shoo the pair away from his veranda and was set upon by one, which clawed at his face, chest, arms and legs.
The six-foot roo in question will now be destroyed, with wildlife officers expected to fast-track a permit for Mr Franklin to shoot it.
For more information on living with kangaroos, visit http://ehp.qld.gov.au/wildlife/livingwith/kangaroos.html