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A five-year-old boy with autism bravely defended his younger sister against a kangaroo attack in New South Wales, Australia.
Cooper Heinz was playing outside at home when his three-year-old sister, Georgia, came outside to join him. She accidentally startled a bunch of kangaroos nearby.
One kangaroo, measuring about five feet, remained behind instead of fleeing with the
It set its sights on Georgia. Then, it lunged at her.others.
Cooper ran in between his sister and the Kangaroo to protect her. Their mom, Holly Madden, was in the garden close by and saw what was quickly unfolding.
“He was so brave,” Madden said. “He was running and yelling, ‘Run Georgia, run!'”
The kangaroo kicked Cooper and he fell to the ground. Then the violent animal began jumping on his head.
Madden yelled at Cooper to stay on the ground as she tried to scare off the roo and help her children.
“I freaked out and grabbed a cricket bat and started running and screaming trying to get the kangaroo to stop,” she said.
Her actions were effective, and the kangaroo left the area.
Cooper was in rough shape, and had deep scratches on his head, arms, back, and stomach. Thankfully, his injuries were not life-threatening.
The attack left both him and Georgia shaken up, and things haven’t quite been the same for them since.
“He has autism but he’s usually very good at talking to other people,” Madden said. “But since it happened he’s not talking to anyone.”
Neither child wants to play outside anymore, and Georgia worries the same kangaroo will come back. Kangaroos often roam around the property they live on, but until this incident, Madden didn’t think one would ever attack.
Kangaroos are strong creatures with massive hind legs and sharp claws. They are herbivores, and so they won’t attack another mammal for the purpose of eating them, but they can attack if they feel threatened — and their size makes them a force to be reckoned with.
“I’m just glad I was outside at the time,” she said. “Had I been inside the house or further away I don’t know what would have happened.”
Madden posted photos and a short status on Facebook about her son’s bravery — and had a thing or two to say about kangaroos, too.
“Our strong tough hero our little man who saved his sister from the kangaroo the most scariest thing I have ever witnessed. A completely unprovoked attack on our property 😭 who ever said kangaroos are beautiful animals have another think,” she wrote. “They are nothing but pests.”
C. Dixon likes to read, sing, eat, drink, write, and other verbs. She enjoys cavorting around the country to visit loved ones and experience new places, but especially likes to be at home with her husband, son, and dog.