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When a fight breaks out at a trailer park, we probably imagine a rather scandalous scene. It probably involves too much alcohol and hurt feelings. However, this trailer park fight took place between two kangaroos who needed to duke it out. Lucky for us, it was all caught on camera. Don’t miss this hilarious video above!
Kangaroos Sighted in New South Wales
The next YouTube video clip shown at the top of the blog post takes us to New South Wales in Australia. The Eyewitness News ABC7 picked up this video from poster Matthew Thompson. And he was able to witness this fight in person.
Trailer Park Fight
At the start of this video, we see two male kangaroos standing face-to-face with each other. Thompson, the filmer, stepped out of his trailer to watch what these two kangaroos would do. They immediately start throwing punches at each other. And then, very quickly, they begin kicking each other.
A 2021 study on kangaroo management found that “Kangaroos are a much-loved national emblem but also variously viewed as an asset or a pest.” Well, this fight went a little bit beyond a pest-type problem. Thompson shares in the original video that he actually feared for his life. And with mammals as big as these guys, that’s no surprise.
Why Do Kangaroos Fight?
When we think of kangaroos sometimes our minds go to the adorable little stuffies that we see at our local zoo shop. However, kangaroos are massive animals that weigh up to 200 pounds and swing a punch of up to 759 PSI (pounds per square inch). For the record, a lion’s bite force, which is where their strength lies, is at 650 PSI.
According to the University of Melbourne, “Male kangaroos use these features as weapons in male-male combat, as they kick, claw, and wrestle each other in fights for dominance.” They want dominance over territory, mating rights, and food. As all animals have to do to survive, male kangaroos have to establish who they are in the animal kingdom against their rivals.
Are Kangaroos Aggressive to Humans?
In the video above, Thompson had every reason to fear for his life. When wild animals are fighting with one another mere feet from where people are, it is a terrifying experience to see such power up close.
According to the Queensland Government, we as humans often love to see kangaroos as loving, adorable herbivores that just go around grazing on their favorite food. When “The reality is that they can be aggressive towards people.”
Injuries from a kangaroo can be very significant, and it’s best to stay away from them as much as possible. As we can see from the video above, it is best that Thompson stayed clear of this fight and did not intervene between these two kangaroos.
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