Journalist Kristy Martin.
Journalist Kristy Martin. Alistair Brightman

Should vicious animals be culled following attacks?

ANIMALS can be unpredictably vicious, as Torbanlea's Robert and Rosena Franklin discovered this weekend.

Mr Franklin was set upon by a large male roo just outside his back door on their Melinda Rd property.

Mrs Franklin bravely went to her husband's aid after she witnessed the large creature ruthlessly clawing at him while he lay trapped on the ground.

She desperately tried to fend off the attack by charging at the roo with a mop.

The incident has understandably left the elderly couple feeling frightened, traumatised and unsafe at their own home.

Driving out to their place yesterday, it was clear that these kangaroos have become part of the landscape.

They have made the Franklins' property their own, and have been allowed to do so, uninhibited, for many years.

As the Chronicle car made its way along the driveway and up to the house, a number of roos stayed lounging just metres away from us, unperturbed.

Their brazen attitude and inability to be frightened is demonstrated in photographer Alistair Brightman's ability to walk up and photograph the very roo that attacked Mr Franklin, and in an aggressive stance, no less.

Despite an acknowledgement and understanding that the male marsupials were being naturally territorial during their mating season, the Franklins and their neighbours have every right to be concerned by the attack.

A spokesman for the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection told the Chronicle the roo in question might have to be destroyed.

"EHP wildlife rangers will visit the property tomorrow to assess the situation and discuss options with the landholder," he said.

"This could include a Damage Mitigation Permit for either the landholder or licensed kangaroo shooter to humanely destroy the animal."

This will no doubt be met with some cries of protest from a select few in the community, but you have to remember that the Franklins were incredibly lucky to walk away from this experience.

Should this roo be allowed to remain at their home and go on to attack again, it might just set its sights on a child.

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