It’s a story that sounds too strange to be true, but a 77-year-old man in Australia was recently found badly injured on his property by a relative. The cause of the injury? A kangaroo that the man was likely keeping as a pet. The animal was so aggressive that it prevented paramedics from reaching the man, so police had to shoot the kangaroo dead.
It’s a tragedy, but it’s also a reminder of how important it is to be careful when interacting with wild animals. Keeping wild animals as pets can be dangerous, and even if you think you have a good relationship with the animal, it can still turn on you in an instant.
So, what can you do to avoid a similar fate? Here are some tips for safely interacting with wild animals:
1. Respect their space. Wild animals are just that – wild. They may be used to humans, but they still need their space. Don’t approach them too closely, and don’t try to corner them or make them feel threatened.
2. Don’t feed them. Offering food to wild animals can encourage them to become dependent on humans for food, and it can also make them more aggressive if they don’t get what they want.
3. Don’t keep them as pets. It may seem like a good idea at first, but it’s not safe for either you or the animal. Wild animals belong in the wild, and keeping them as pets can lead to dangerous situations like the one described above.
By following these tips, you can help ensure that you and the wild animals around you stay safe. It’s always important to remember that wild animals are unpredictable and can be dangerous, so it’s best to keep your distance and enjoy them from afar.