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A 94-year-old Queensland woman came off worst in an encounter with a rogue kangaroo which piled into her in the garden of her Queensland home. According the the Courier Mail, Phyllis Johnson was hanging out washing at her Charleville granny flat when the battling beast bowled her over and gave a her a few kicks. She recounted …

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Dog didn't work?

Should have had curtains as well.

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jai
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proof?

needs Playmobile recreation, or it didn't happen

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Good Luck To Her

This old lady has over 40 years on me but she seems to be mentally and physically tougher than I am. I hope she recovers and gets well soon and can continue hanging out the washing for a long time to come.

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This looks suspiciously like rabies...

Dunno about Australians, but in other countries such animals are shot on the spot and the brain is taken for an antibody test for rabies ASAP.

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@AC

My first reaction to this story was one of surprise that the trusty country QLD coppers didn't shoot it - so unlike them really.

But, for the record, there's no Rabies threat in Oz - one of the many reasons the quarantine checks at Aussie airports are such a pain in the arse...

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No rabies here...

Rabies has never been detected in Australia, which is just one of the many reasons that our customs department is really anally retentive about importing animal matter.

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Re: This looks suspciciously like rabies...

Do they give the brain back again if given the all clear?

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No rabies...

but only because Cane Toads aren't carriers...

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@Annwyn, Bryn Smith

No rabies, but there are cousins of rabies, called Australian bat lyssaviruses, found in both frugivorous and insectivorous bats.

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@ravenviz

"Do they give the brain back again if given the all clear?"

Only if it belongs to a politician...because they know it won't be used for anything.

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What's that Skippy?

What's that Skippy?

You've just kicked seven shades of shit out of Grandma?

Quick Clarissa grab my 12-bore..

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What to do with the captured 'roo?

Chilli kangaroo burgers sound tasty

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Happy

That's not a big stick,

*that's* a big stick

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Australia...

The only country where, without exeption, EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF LOCAL WILDLIFE IS TRYING TO MURDER YOU!,

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P'Terry

Hands Edward I a book entitled, "Dangerous Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Jellyfish, Insects, Spiders, Crustaceans, Grasses, Trees, Mosses and Lichens of Terror Incognita", Vol 39C, Part 3, and a list of the harmless creatures thereof, being a short note reading "Some of the Sheep".

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Expat...

"The only country where, without exeption, EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF LOCAL WILDLIFE IS TRYING TO MURDER YOU!"

I really should start using this as my answer when asked "What on earth possessed you to move to the UK from Australia?"

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Ladies and gents of the jury, I present exhibit A) MF'ing HUGE SPIDER

I never want to go to Australia because of the above reason. Man is not number 1 on the food chain there!!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/3353693/Giant-spider-eating-a-bird-caught-on-camera.html

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Not a good idea!

"I used to feed them next door, give them some bread" (from original source).

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Feeding them next door IS a good idea, surely

Keeps them out of your own back yard.

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Johnson!

Tee hee, you wrote "and a snap of a recovering Johnson here"!

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Johnson, meanwhile, was reluctantly whisked to Charleville Hospital. The battling nonagenarian said: "I wasn't going to go but I was pretty bruised and scratched up. My son made me. I'm okay, although the roo took a chunk of flesh out of my leg and there's a chance they'll have to operate."

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Seriously?

That's one tough old bat... and I mean that in a respectful way :)

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To quote Terry Pratchett...

"Death held out a hand, I WANT, he said, A BOOK ABOUT THE DANGEROUS CREATURES OF FOURECKS—

Albert looked up and dived for cover, receiving only mild bruising because he had the foresight to curl into a ball.

After a while Death, his voice a little muffled, said: ALBERT, I WOULD BE SO GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD GIVE ME A HAND HERE.

Albert scrambled up and pulled at some of the huge volumes, finally dislodging enough of them to allow his master to clamber free.

HMM . . . Death picked up a book at random and read the cover.

DANGEROUS MAMMALS, REPTILES, AMPHIBIANS, BIRDS, FISH, JELLYFISH, INSECTS, SPIDERS, CRUSTACEANS, GRASSES, TREES, MOSSES, AND LICHENS OF TERROR INCOGNITA, he read. His gaze moved down the spine. VOLUME 29C, he added. OH. PART THREE, I SEE.

He glanced up at the listening shelves. POSSIBLY IT WOULD BE SIMPLER IF I ASKED FOR A LIST OF THE HARMLESS CREATURES OF THE AFORESAID CONTINENT?

They waited.

IT WOULD APPEAR THAT—

'No, wait, master. Here it comes.'

Albert pointed to something white zigzagging lazily through the air. Finally Death reached up and caught the single sheet of paper.

He read it carefully and then turned it over briefly just in case anything was written on the other side.

'May I?' said Albert. Death handed him the paper.

' "Some of the sheep," ' Albert read aloud."

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Roo the day..

.. when kangaroos learn to use pepper spray themselves.

:-)

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Trained

Apparently it was someone's "pet" they'd trained to box.

Figures.

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Oh yes, I forgot a title

'Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services and police eventually trapped the animal, and are pondering just what it was doing in the area'.

Wondering what it was doing in the area? Jees, Charleville is halfway to the back of beyond, there are more roos than people out that way. Ponder? No need, it was living in the area.

For those who don't know, the back of beyond is about where the Black Stump is and it's a long way from nowhere. Charleville is about nowhere.

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Police B'ROO-tality?

I'll get my coat!

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Where's Tank Girl?

She wants her Booga back.

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Re:what to do with the roo

I need a new set of leathers,next to horse hide Roo hide makes the best leather for this nice and supple.

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Re: Kangaroos

I, for one, welcome our new Kangaroo overlords.

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Mr

If there are *many* unusual calls to the police, they're not unusual.

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Invaders beware

This shows why the Australian military doesn't need all of its smart weaponry as the mix of local inhabitants and the wildlife are enough to create havoc for a ground force invasion. I wonder if Gaddafi has been importing Kangaroos and Australian pensioners???

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Re:Not unusual...

If they receive many different kinds of unusual calls they're still unusual. They only become usual when the same kind of call becomes routine.

Of course I wouldn't be surprised if Aus police get a fair number of stray fauna related callouts.

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