Only in Australia…
An unsuspecting Australian couple thought they were being attacked by an intruder this past Sunday night. It turned out that it was a kangaroo that crashed through their bedroom window and started bouncing on their bed.
Only half awake, Beat Ettlin and his partner Verity Beaman had no idea was going on in their bedroom. “I thought it was a lunatic ninja coming at us through the window,” said Ettlin. “That seemed to make about as much sense as anything else that was happening. I just couldn’t comprehend what was going on.”
Cowering under the blankets, Beaman thought to herself, “This is one big possum.”
“When Beat said ‘It’s OK, it’s just a kangaroo’, I thought it’s really not OK. I thought – now this could be really dangerous. I was absolutely terrified.” said Beaman.
The family was asleep in their Canberra home in the early hours of Sunday morning, when their terrier started to bark and alerted them that an intruder was in their courtyard.
Ettlin got up to investigate what the dog was barking about and a large dark figure smashed through the window. It began jumping up and down on the bed while his terrified wife and 9-year-old daughter remained huddled under the blankets.
39-year-old Beaman said “I just pulled the covers over our heads and screamed. It jumped on my shoulder, bounced across the bed and onto the bedside table. Can you imagine how close it was to my head?”
“I really didn’t know what was happening,” said Ettlin. “I just saw this black thing jumping on the bed and bouncing against the wall. The bed collapsed on one side under his weight. When I realized it was a kangaroo at first I was relieved but he was going crazy trying to escape.”
The animal, also terrified, gouged holes in the bed and smeared blood on the walls before it took off out of the first bedroom. It then bounded down the hall and found the bedroom of their 10-year-old son, Leighton. The boy hid behind his teddy bears screaming, “There’s a kangaroo in my bedroom!”
“That was enough for me,” Ettlin said, “I thought I have to do something about it. There is no way I can let him jump in there and hurt my son.” Beat Ettlin was forced to lay a beat down on the rampaging ninja kangaroo.
“I knew this was a big threat to my family, it could really have hurt us. My wife and daughter were terrified, they were screaming as they hid under the blankets and my son was trying to hide behind his little teddies. I had to do something.”
Wearing only his underwear, the 42-year-old Ettlin jumped on to the kangaroo’s back and wrestled it to the ground. Using his entire body weight to pin the approximately 6-foot-tall, 90 pound kangaroo down, he slapped a headlock on the marsupial and was able to drag it down the hallway and out the front door.
“I had to push with my full body weight and I got him as low as I could. It was quite aggressive and tried to escape of course. I could feel how powerful it was. said Ettlin.
Ettlin was able to open the front door with one hand and push the animal outside. It was then the kangaroo bolted away and vanished into the bushes.
“It took only a few minutes,” Ettlin said. “And all that time there was no sound at all. I could feel the kangaroo breathing really hard and fast against my body but he didn’t make a sound. All I could hear was Verity’s screams.”
“When it was all over I had a few scratches on my legs, and there wasn’t much left of my underwear” said Ettlin. The kangaroo left a trail of blood through the house and claw gouges in the wooden frame of the bed.
This unusual incident occurred in Garran, a suburb of Canberra near a wildlife reserve that is home to a number of grey kangaroos. Coincidentally, the family had recently moved to this home three weeks ago, and believes that their housewarming intruder may have been one of the local kangaroos.
“The poor thing, he was terrified,” Beaman said. “He must have got stuck in our courtyard, and was terrified by the dog’s barking so leapt for a dark space to escape. But that dark space was our bedroom.”
Describing Ettlin as a “hero in torn underwear”, Beaman said, “He’s quite burly, but it was a struggle for him to control the kangaroo.” She added “I don’t know many Australian men who would do the same thing. We all know kangaroos are very dangerous. But Beat knew there was a real threat to his son, his male instinct was to protect his family.”
Some of the neighbors had previously reported seeing at least one large kangaroo grazing on their front lawn.
It is not unusual for eastern grey kangaroos to invade the city, and are known to look for food and water during droughts. Normally these animals are timid, but can become aggressive if they feel threatened. Able to reach a height of six feet, kangaroos can seriously injure humans.
Four years ago in the same area, a kangaroo attacked a woman while walking her poodle down a Canberra street and another incident involved a kangaroo killing a golden retriever while the owner helplessly watched.
Kangaroos rarely invade homes but have done so in the past when panicked, says Greg Baxter, a lecturer at Queensland University and expert on native animals in Australia.
“It is very unusual, but when kangaroos become panicked they lose all sense of caution and just fly for where they think they can get away,” Baxter said.
Well, we already know a Taser works on an emu, so I would imagine you could effectively tase a 6-foot-tall kangaroo? Pretty sure I wouldn’t want to find out, especially after growing up watching all of those Bugs Bunny episodes with the kangaroo boxing. You never know when you might need to know how to fight a kangaroo.
Be Safe, Be Prepared. Watch out for crazy ninja kangaroos.
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