A hunter sustained serious facial injuries last Tuesday when the kangaroo he'd targeted 'fought back' - attacking the teenager who was in a moving vehicle.
Joshua Hayden was in Kellerberrin, Western Australia, on one of the frequent hunting trips he took with his brother, when he tried to shoot some animals.
Hayden was leaning out of a car window, aiming his gun at two kangaroos, when a third - who had previously disappeared from view - 'charged his car'.
He said: "It actually collided with the side of the car and smashed the front window.
"Then it bounced back onto me and headbutted me straight in the jaw."
Hayden was knocked out, and suffered a shattered jaw and cheekbone as a result of the attack. When he regained consciousness, he was confused, initially thinking it was his brother who'd hit him.
While Hayden says nothing like this has happened to him before, he claims he's observed increasing aggression from the animals he hunts.
"The kangaroos are going crazy these days. As soon as they see a car they hop right up to it and give it right back."
Doctors told Hayden they will have to wait until the swelling in his face goes down before they can operate.
The condition of the kangaroo is unknown.
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court.
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