Behavioural ecologist says 77-year-old Western Australian owner was probably seen by the hand-reared animal as a fellow marsupial

Kangaroos are often considered friend, not foe. But the marsupial’s reputation took a hit last week when a 77-year-old Western Australian man was killed by the pet western grey he hand-reared from a joey.

As Peter Eades lay dying on his Redmond farm, 398km south of Perth, police were forced to shoot the three-year-old male kangaroo, which was preventing an ambulance crew from reaching the injured man.

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