A former Victorian police officer walking his dogs near the Murray River found himself face-to-face with an agitated kangaroo after the animal took one of his pets and attempted to drown it.
Mick Moloney, who lives in Mildura, was out for a walk on Sunday down by the river when he noticed one of his dogs, Hutchy, was missing.
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He had previously noticed his dogs were unusually quiet while they were walking along the edge of the Murray.
“Usually, they’re always in the water,” he told Sunrise on Monday morning.
It wasn’t until Moloney took a proper look at the river that he realised why his dogs had been acting strangely, with the whereabouts of Hutchy also becoming disturbingly clear.
“I saw a kangaroo … with his arms in the water, basically just staring at me,” he said.
“Next thing you know, Hutchy came up gasping for air, water spilling out of his mouth and screaming his head off.
“I was like, ‘are you kidding me?’.”
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Moloney attempted to scare the kangaroo off, however when that didn’t work, he jumped into action, wading his way through the water and confronting the two-metre tall marsupial.
The former policeman captured the entire confrontation on camera, which has now gone viral online.
In it, the kangaroo can be seen holding the dog in the water, with no sign of letting go.
“Let go of my dog,” Moloney can be heard saying in the video.
Mick Moloney was forced to confront the two-metre tall kangaroo after it took hold of his dog, and almost drowned it in the Murray River. Credit: TikTok
He takes a swing at the Kangaroo in an attempt to get the animal to release Hutchy. However the Kangaroo responded with force, hitting Moloney and knocking his phone into the water.
Both Hutchy and Moloney managed to get to the banks of the river in one piece, with Moloney heard laughing in disbelief at what had just happened.
“I got a few (scratches),” Moloney told Sunrise.
“My forearm was killing me for most of the day. It was a bit of a punch on.”
Thankfully, Hutchy was unharmed.
Despite the bizarre run-in, Moloney said he’s not planning on changing his walking route.
“It’s our favourite walking spot,” he said.
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