Man battles kangaroo in his bedroom

CANBERRA, Australia "I just kept holding the covers over my head and felt the kangaroo jumping on top of us and on our bodies," said Verity Beman who was awakened by the marsupial intruder.

At first Beat Ettlin was relieved to see that the problem was just an animal, a 90 pound kangaroo to be exact. However, he then he found getting rid of it was a real problem. He chased the animal out of his bedroom, but it hopped right into his son's room.

Ettlin described how he tackled it, "From the back onto the kangaroo with my whole bodyweight, pushed it down on to the ground. With one hand, unlocked the screen and pushed the kangaroo out and said goodbye, and that's it."

The kangaroo left claw gouges in the wooden frame of the master bed and a trail of blood through the house. The animal was cut when it came crashing through the bedroom window.

Ettlin, who was scratched and clawed by the frantic kangaroo, described himself as lucky. Once outside, the animal vanished into a nearby forest.

Wildlife authorities confirmed Monday they had received a phone call saying an injured kangaroo had entered the caller's home and left.

An expert in Australian native animals at /*Queensland University*/ said kangaroos rarely invade homes but have done so in the past when panicked.


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