A woman was attacked and injured by a kangaroo while playing golf in the Australian state of Queensland.
The victim was taken to a hospital “in a stable condition,” local emergency services said on Twitter. According to the media, the marsupial attack occurred in Arundel on the Gold Coast, which is also popular with tourists. The approximately 60-year-old woman suffered wounds on her head, arms and legs, the broadcaster 9News reported.
It was initially unclear why the kangaroo attacked the Australian. The Queensland Department of the Environment said the animals are normally peaceful, but they can become aggressive if they feel threatened. “Although the risk of this happening is very small, we still have to be careful around the animals,” it said.
According to 9News, this was the third kangaroo attack Down Under since mid-March. At the time, a teenager was out and about on her moped in the state of Victoria when a kangaroo suddenly jumped out of the forest and pushed her off the bike. The 14-year-old was in the hospital for ten days with multiple injuries. Also in March, a child was attacked by a kangaroo on their home property in New South Wales. The three-year-old was flown to a hospital with serious injuries.
The kangaroo is Australia’s national animal. There are four species of hopping marsupials: the red kangaroo, the eastern gray kangaroo, the western gray kangaroo, and the antelope kangaroo. In tropical Queensland, the eastern gray kangaroo is most common.