A large, frightened kangaroo leapt through a window into a resident's home and another ended up in a swimming pool on Tuesday.By Jess Craig
The quiet ambience of a Tuesday afternoon in a leafy Echuca housing estate was shattered by nine gunshots yesterday as terrified police were forced to take down a rampaging eastern grey kangaroo.
The kangaroo, believed to be male, was part of a group of four kangaroos which bounded across the Northern Hwy about 1pm and into the Luxton Plant yard.
The kangaroo then cleared a high back fence at Luxton’s and entered a Caroline Court backyard.
From there, the kangaroo jumped into a swimming pool and out into the street.
It was then the animal, undoubtedly stressed and confused, jumped through the front window of a Caroline Court home.
Echuca police Acting Sergeant Jasmine Gregor said the kangaroo was found in the home by police.
‘‘It was severely injured and distressed and it actually jumped back through the window when officers were there,’’ she said.
‘‘It was very stressed and aggressive and its injuries were severe and so it was euthanased by an officer.’’
Sergeant David O’Dea said when the officer shot the kangaroo, it ‘‘charged’’ at him, as if it was going to attack.
‘‘It was a freak incident. The kangaroo was extremely aggressive,’’ Sgt O’Dea said.
‘‘The officer shot it four times, and was then forced to retreat as the kangaroo came at him.
‘‘He had to shoot it another five times before it stopped its advance towards him.
‘‘He’s physically ok, but very shaken by the incident.
‘‘We were very surprised to have them (kangaroos) in a residential area.
‘‘The rangers said they thought it was unusual too, given there is so much green feed around in the forests.
‘‘We blocked off the highway for several minutes while we tried to herd the kangaroos back towards the forest, but it was a difficult task.’’
Police were then faced a strange phone call to the homeowners
When resident Matt Giorgianni’s father called him to say a kangaroo had jumped through their front window and into their lounge room, Matt thought he was joking.
‘‘I never normally answer my phone at work, but dad kept ringing and ringing, so I thought something must have happened,’’ Matt said.
‘‘When he told me, I thought he was joking.
‘‘I had to tell my boss that I had to go home because a kangaroo had jumped through our window and it took some time to convince him, too.’’
Though there were pools of blood still fresh on the carpet, tufts of fur and shattered glass scattered around the lounge room, Matt said he was amazed there was not more damage.
‘‘It could have really wrecked the house, we’re lucky it just stayed in the lounge room,’’ he said.
‘‘It didn’t even knock the TV over.’’
On the other side of the fence, Luxton Plant northern manager Ben Gould told the Riverine Herald he was still baffled by the afternoon’s events.
‘‘We were just having a quiet work day, same old, same old and then we looked up and saw four kangaroos bounding past the office,’’ Mr Gould said.
‘‘It was bizarre.
‘‘Being a windy day, the wind blew the front office door open and one of the kangaroos took the opportunity to come inside.
‘‘It bounced through the office, down through the kitchen and into our workshop.’’
Mr Gould said the kangaroo was clearly distressed, and he and his staff tried to ‘‘shoo’’ it out of the workshop.
‘‘We’ve got some sharp implements in there, so we were concerned it was going to hurt itself,’’ he said.
‘‘Unfortunately, when we were trying to get it out the door with the broom, it tried to take the broom on.
‘‘We were then a bit concerned, as they can get quite aggressive and dangerous when they’re cornered.’’
Mr Gould said the kangaroo that was shot by police was one of the biggest he had seen.
‘‘He was one of the biggest
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