Why roos attack and how to avoid it
Male kangaroos fight in order to maintain their position in the social hierarchy.
The claws on both their front and hind legs are long, and designed to injure.
They use their foreclaws to try to injure their opponents eyes. Throwing their heads back helps avoid damage.
Kangaroos also have specially reinforced skin on their chest and abdomen,
which can cope with a lot more pounding than ours.
If a male stands up and looks at you, do not walk toward him.
If he starts pawing the ground, urinating, pulling up grass and rubbing it on his chest,
or standing on tippy-toes to make himself taller, get out of there pronto.
Slowly move back or turn and walk away at an angle.
If you are attacked, drop to the ground, curl up in a ball and protect your face.
As urban development increases, close encounters are more and more likely.