Woman hospitalized after kangaroo attack on Australian golf course

A 69-year-old woman is recovering in hospital after being unprovoked attacked by a large kangaroo at a golf course in Australia’s Gold Coast.

According to the Queensland Ambulance Team, the incident happened at 9am on Friday morning while the woman was playing golf at Arundel Hills Country Club. It is believed that the animal, which originated in Australia, first struck the woman in the side without warning, before continuing the attack.

“She fell to the ground at the first kick, then when she was on the ground she was stomped on [on] multiple times by the kangaroo,” said Ambulance Service Operations Supervisor Joel McEwan.

“She was walking down the fairway, and the kangaroo came sideways, and just attacked without warning.”

The woman suffered extensive cuts to her face, head, arms and legs before the kangaroo finally gave way. Fortunately, the woman remained conscious and was able to get into a golf cart before the ambulance crew arrived on the scene.

She was taken to Pindara Private Hospital to be treated for her injuries, the most serious of which is believed to be a cut to her jaw which McEwan said could require stitches.

Kangaroo attacks on humans are nothing new on Australia’s Gold Coast, Queensland Emergency Team say, but it was the first in over a year and understandably caused the victim some distress .

“The patient was quite upset by the scene. Obviously it’s a shock to be attacked by a fairly large kangaroo,” McEwan added.

“They’re not common, especially on golf courses where they catch quite a few kangaroos.”

Michael C. Ford