ITN-Australian animal welfare authorities have launched a nationwide hunt for a man filmed punching and kicking a kangaroo unconscious.
The video, which shows the man using kickboxing-style attacks on the kangaroo as his friend laughs while filming, was sent to the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in Western Australia state.In one scene the man pulls the kangaroo towards him and uses his knee to hit the animal's chest and the man punches the kangaroo's face as it struggles to remain standing.
A final punch knocks the kangaroo to the ground where it appears to lay unconscious. It is unclear whether the attack resulted in the death of the animal, which authorities believe was injured, possibly in a car accident.
The RSPCA said it has launched a nationwide appeal to catch the men responsible for the attack and video.
RSPCA spokesman Richard Barry said: "We are appealing to every media outlet in Australia to help us track down the cowards behind the vicious attack on this kangaroo.
"Thankfully this sickening footage has now been removed from the website where it was first seen. The next stage is to ensure that those responsible for this film are brought to justice."It looks like a fair fight. There was no sucker punching, the kangaroo landed some blows of its own. Its tough to tell who instigated the fight. It very well could have been the kangaroo. They have been know to attack for no apparent reason.
Kangaroo kickboxing has been around for a long time.
It seems like people are just upset that the kangaroo lost.