It’s hilarious and, at the same time, totally terrifying! This new video shows the moment a paraglider lands and comes face to face encounter with a human-sized, fist-throwing kangaroo!
Jonathan Bishop stuck the landing after gliding for about two hours above Namadgi National Park’s Orroral Valley, Australia, when he saw two kangaroos hopping towards him.
While recording his landing with a helmet camera, Bishop mentioned that the landing pad was the last cleared valley where he could land safely.
Footage taken on the 35-year-old’s GoPro shows one kangaroo charging directly at Bishop while he was still attached to his equipment.
Bishop explained in the video description:
“I had been paragliding cross country for two hours near Canberra and had reached a position where I had to land.”
“I was concentrating on the landing and didn’t notice the kangaroo until after I landed. As it ran towards me, I thought it was being friendly, so I said, ‘What’s up, Skip?’ It then attacked me twice before hopping away. I packed up my paraglider and had to walk several kilometers to get phone reception and call a friend to come and collect me.”
Despite their attractive and innocent appearance, Bishop’s encounter is another reminder that kangaroos are still wild animals and can be aggressive to humans.
As reported by Iflscience, A large male kangaroo can reach heights as tall as 2 meters (6.5 feet) and weigh up to 90 kilograms (around 200 pounds).
Though an attack by a kangaroo may seem hilarious at first, it can rapidly turn unsafe.
There are four species of kangaroos, which are all endemic to Australia, and their population, estimated to be about 50 million across the continent, doubles that of humans.
According to National Geographic, It’s evident that these iconic national symbols are typically now considered as pests.
Kangaroos are harmful to crops, threatening the agricultural sector. There are also linked to more than 80 percent of vehicle-animal collisions every year.
Human growth continues to encroach wild environments, butting people and wildlife against each other and creating, in some instances, potentially life-threatening situations.
Human activities often change or even destroy the habitats that animals and plants need to survive. And since the human population is growing at a high rate, animals and plants are disappearing 1000 times faster than they have in the past 65 million years, according to scientists.
Conservationists even estimate that in the 21st century, nearly 100 species become extinct every day due to human activities.