According to authorities, a kangaroo assaulted and killed a man in Australia over the weekend, the country’s first fatality in more than 80 years.
Officials who arrived at the man’s Perth residence on Sunday shot and killed the kangaroo, alleging the animal was blocking responders from getting to the 77-year-old victim.
The police said, “the kangaroo was posing a continual threat to emergency responders.”
The man, who died at the scene, was said to be keeping the kangaroo as a pet when it attacked, leaving him with “severe injuries.”
Authorities have not established whether the man had a specific permit to keep a kangaroo as a pet.
“This appears to be a mature male and can become pretty violent in captivity,” Tanya Irwin of the local Native Animal Rescue said.
“We don’t know what the circumstance was; if he was in pain or why he was imprisoned, and sadly… They are wild animals, not cute animals.”
The previously known kangaroo attack death in Australia occurred in 1936.
Perth is located on Australia’s southwest coast.