Yesterday, the internet went crazy over a YouTube video depicting a man punching a kangaroo which appeared to have imprisoned his dog in a headlock. The clip was incomplete and suspiciously well framed, which lead many to suspect it had been staged. Now, the full video has surfaced in Full HD - and it looks pretty legit.
The original roo video was based on a grainy Facebook upload which opens just before the action. Despite the low quality transfer, the camerawork was smooth and professional which made the whole thing look a bit suss.
The filmmakers have since uploaded the full clip in HD in a bid to clear things up:
The accompanying description also sheds light on how the footage was captured. It turns out the crew were filming a documentary, which explains the polish and framing. Here's the full explanation from the YouTube video:
A group of hunters got together to help a young cancer sufferer (terminal diagnosis) with his last wish of catching a 100 kg (220 pound) wild boar with his dogs. One day while hunting one of the highly trained dogs was chasing some pigs by scent and collided with a big buck kangaroo that then held and wrestled the dog by its protective gear (boars have tusks like knives), the owner was horrified that his dog or the kangaroo would get hurt and run in to save both parties.
You can see the dog trying to escape, wanting nothing to do with the kangaroo. The big buck kangaroo releases the dog when the owner gets close but then moves in to try and attack the human. A kangaroo kick to the guts could easily disembowel the owner easily, so he backs off a couple of times giving the kangaroo some space but he eventually changes the roo's mind with a punch to the snout, as it kept coming forward. The punch stops the roo and makes him think about the situation, giving the owner and the dog time to disengage from the big wild animal and leaving it to hop off and I suppose wonder about what just happened.
We laughed at the absurdity of the situation and at how unfortunate it was for the dog and kangaroo. Our 6 foot 7 inch friend felt no malice to the kangaroo but had to step in and fix a bad situation before it got worse. Young Kailem unfortunately lost his brave battle with cancer two days ago, so this hunt is part of the treasured memories his family and friends have. Having a dog get tangled up with a roo was never our aim or intention and we were happy no animals were hurt in the incident.
It's worth noting that the RSCPA is currently investigating the situation: the account above could therefore be an attempt at damage control. Nevertheless, it seems fairly certain that the roo punch was indeed a genuine, heat-of-the-moment encounter. You can read more about the story behind the incident here.
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