It’s hilarious and at the same moment totally terrifying! This new video shows the moment when a paraglider lands and comes face to face with a human-sized, fist-throwing kangaroo!
Paraglider Jonathan Bishop began descending at the Orroral Valley tracking station. It’s a NASA station that supports Earth-orbiting satellites 50 kilometers south of Canberra.
While recording his landing with a helmet camera, Bishop mentions that the landing pad was the last cleared valley where he could land safely.
I was concentrating on the landing, he wrote in a description accompanying the YouTube video, and didn’t notice the kangaroo until after I landed.
What happened next? The aggressive Kangaroo goes straight for the paraglider with absolute fury in his eyes. The marsupial then squares up with a stature that would make Mike Tyson proud and attacks Bishop.
As it ran towards me, Bishop says, I thought it was being friendly, so I said ‘What’s up, Skip?’ It then attacked me twice before hopping away.
A giant male kangaroo can reach heights as tall as 2 meters and weigh up to 90 kilograms. Though an attack by a kangaroo may seem funny, it can turn dangerous. There are four species of kangaroos which are all endemic to Australia. Their population doubles that of humans and is estimated to be about 50 million across the continent.
“F*cking Kangaroos,” Bishop ends the video.