An Australian man's missus has branded him a "hero" after he tackled a "lunatic ninja" kangaroo which rampaged through their home on the outskirts of Canberra, the BBC reports. Beat Ettlin, 42, intially sought refuge under the bedcovers with wife Verity Beman and their daughter after the roo crashed through their bedroom window …
I'm a little concerned about the tighness of the Bond underpants implied by this article: the offspring is first referred to as a daughter then as a son. Maybe they don't know the difference in Switzerland, or even (more likely) in Canberra.... if the underpants are too tight.
The IT angle is obvious: every beserk, ninja-like UK Government IT project needs to be taken in a head-lock and thrown out the door by a foreigner in his underwear. Seems to be at the same level of project/programme management expertise otherwise being demonstrated.
Sorry I just couldn't help myself...
Makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. Eh?
"wrestled the animal into a headlock and ejected it through the front door - in the process suffering "scratched buttocks and shredded underpants".
Some people would pay good money for that!
I wonder if the kangeroo
...were attacking its own reflection in the window?
I mention this as I have a kamikaze blackbird that spends hours attacking its own reflection in the window to my right. (Mrs Blackbird is set up nearby... if I were cleverer, I'm sure there's an "Oi are you staring at my bird" joke nesting in there somewhere)
Do PlayMobil do kangaroos?
'Cos this calls for a reconstruction.
And there I was about to welcome our new kickass kamikaze lunatic ninja marsupials overlords (who looks to be a lot kewler than our existing ones)...
First thing I always think
"My initial thought when I was half awake was, 'it's a lunatic ninja coming through the window'."
I wake up like that most mornings, dear...
Sorry to burst the BBC's bubble, but the suburb in question (Garran) is not on the outskirts of Canberra, and indeed the bloke's home was 'a few blocks' from the bush, putting it mildly. We see kangaroos all the time around here: the drought brings them into the suburbs. Our local roo hasn't invited itself in yet, but then we're not Swiss expats, either...
This made the front page of the papers this morning in Geneva. i've got odds on him being made a national hero with a statue and maybe even a street named after him. Seems quite common here.
Its hard to describe to ppl who haven't seen a buck kangaroo how intimidating they are...when standing they are over 6 foot and built like a brick shithouse. Seriously they look like gym junkies on steroids.
The man does deserve his hero title if he wrestled one out the front door
with his wife _and daughter_?
Each to their own, I guess...
And it's not even Friday!
Swisstralians are clearly a fighting cross - we should be careful how many we allow to breed!
Can we please instigate a process where stories like this make it in *every* day's copy and not just on Friday?
Paris because she knows a little about missing under garments. Allegedly.
No no no that's all wrong
What a tragedy - if only Mr.Ettlin had understood
Mr. Ettlin: What's wrong Skippy.
Roo starts bouncing on the bed
Mr. Ettlin: Oh, you want the bed sheets? Why's that skippy?
Roo continues bouncing but nods it's head and points with it's claws
Mr Ettlin: Mr. Parkin next door has fallen down a mineshaft?
Roo bounces through to son's room
Mr. Ettlin: We're going need more sheets are we Skippy?
Roo stops bouncing and crosses it's "arms"
Mr. Ettlin: So you want us to tie them together to make a rope to rescue Mr. Parkins. Let's go Skippy - show us the way..
I thought with Australias immigration policies that Skippy the Bush Kangaroo would be obligatory watching for all foreigners.
But what about the children...
stuck down the mine?
Apparently the kangaroo is an expert on XML schemata validation.
@ A.A> Hamilton
"I'm a little concerned about the tighness of the Bond underpants implied by this article: the offspring is first referred to as a daughter then as a son"
Well, more concerning is that the offspring of undetermined gender can co-exist in space and time both under the covers in the parents bedroom, and behind a door in another bedroom.
Mines the one with the flux capacitor on the pocket.
Sorry I just couldn't help myself... #2 Maliciously Crafted Packet *:-)
I hear this one scores a 10 in Down under Street too ..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxIuIxqo2So
* Or Spot On Parallel for Hubristic Cabinet/Closet Denial?
Crikey, it must be a Slow News Day, El Reg ....... or there's Something in the Air ..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JAXKIKehbc?
A full grown 6 foot + 'roo ain't no cuddly animal.
Those back feet and claws have the power to disembowel a man.
I'd rather take on a starving attack dog than a rampaging 'roo!
What's that Skip?
Gerry's in trouble?
Slow News Day in Canberra
This was a slow news day beat-up in Canberra. A 'roo accidently jumps through a (barely visible) plate glass window, then staggers about, stunned, injured and disoriented. There's a family in the house, which has an unwelcome interruption to its Canberra Day weekend. The man of the house wasn't aware of how dangerous a 'roo in this condition can be, and dragged it outside. Risky situation? yes. Attack? no, or yes if you're a desperate journo.
Canberra is not known as the "Bush Capital" for nothing- there are bush corridors that penetrate into the middle of town. Unfortunately, dead 'roos are a common sight along the main roads, even within a few hundred metres of Parliament House.
Should have kicked it in the balls.
Surely everyone knows that's how you get to kill a roo?
What? All these comments and no one seems to have noted that the bloke must have been hoping mad?
Nature was a bit stingy ....
... with the brains when it made Kangaroos. Behind that seemingly vacant stare is ... absolutely nothing. Marsupials aren't the smartest in the animal kingdom, and 'roos would have to be at the bottom of the marsupial ladder. For example, when a 'roo gets it into its head that it's going to keep bounding in a straight line, then it will - straight through your car window if you'll let it. It doesn't surprise me that a 'roo might get distracted and bound straight through a plate glass window.
I've seen 'roos get panicked and stick their heads through a wire fence and just keep bounding away - pushing against the immovable fence - cutting themselves horribly in the process.
So, basically, they spook easily, thrash around madly, are as dumb as batshit. Nature's own blondes.
Gotta watch them Kangaroo's....
...they can break your arm, they can.
Bonds Roo (Skippy not James?)
The makers of Bonds undies have just sacked their workforce and are moving their manufacturing to China. Has someone succeeded in training roos?
Paris because she knows about undies.
Re:Gotta watch them Kangaroo's....
***"...they can break your arm, they can."***
No, that's swans.
A big 'roo can rip your guts out.
Yanks for the Memories
Before any of our American friends ask, yes Switzerland does border Austria. But no, it's not the same...
I don't suppose..
The real reason that the roo attacked him was because he was trying to shag it and it took the huff?
Re: Gotta watch them Kangaroos
Better that than stuck in a hole, on your own, in the middle of the night! With an Owl!
But of course, i'm a fully experienced rambling hiker.
Am I the only one ?
That would of used a 12ga shot gun on it, then cooked the damn thing. I hear roo burgers are good .
are very gamey - I had one - didnt eat it all
Back in the good ol days
Annoying neighbourhood ninja roo's were dispatched under rule 303.
Possums are plain nasty too. Don't muck about with them,.
Bonds ain't popular here no more!
As mentioned by an anonymous coward, Bonds is moving to China... And along with the manufacturing facilities and jobs, they appear to be taking their popularity away too.
I so glad I live in the UK.
We had a mouse in the living room once. That's about as exciting as it gets.
Livetrapped a opossum once (they are carriers of EPM), put the cage in the bed of the truck, drove to work and opened the cage door (trap was a bit bloodied from trying to chew its way out), dropped the tailgate and the critter was gone 12hr later when I left work.
What is the problem with the story? Well, the working 12hr a day part!! Mines the one with a fanny pack full of provigil....
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