If you've been on any sort of social media platform in the past few days, you've seen this video of a guy saving his dog from a kangaroo by straight-up punching it in the face.
Unfortunately, the man who punched the kangaroo – a zookeeper named Greig Tonkins – has been getting threats from animal rights activists ever since the incident.
For reference, kangaroos, in general, are definitely not to be messed with. This is especially true if you're a nice dog.
This is what kangaroos look like when they fight.
Damn. They're very into groin kicks, apparently.
Anyway, the point is, this guy's dog could have been seriously injured if he hadn't intervened.
I'm not taking sides here, but...
Wait, no. I definitely am. Fuck that 'garoo. (That's what people who aren't scared of kangaroos call them, and yes, it's derogatory.)
Protect your dog.
But unfortunately, the threats got so bad, Tonkins had to call the police because he feared for his safety.
PETA Australia had this to say:
Punching a kangaroo in the face is neither brave nor funny. It's illegal, as is harassing native wildlife with dogs.
Jesus. I just realized PETA is involved in this.
Guys, I take back everything I said about taking sides and "garoos."
Please do not splash me with paint or release chimps from a secret lab that have been infected with a form of rabies. Shit, I'm just describing "28 Days Later." Never mind.
Critics online have called Tonkins "the dregs of the dregs" and "a pathetic excuse for a human being." Honestly, considering the fact that he had to call the authorities, they've probably done much worse.
As Independent.uk points out, however, Tonkins is just extremely fortunate the kangaroo backed down from the fight.
Dr Mark Eldridge told Independent.uk,
Before kangaroos fight, they usually size each other up. If one doesn't back down, they will get into an aggressive encounter. I think the kangaroo was still in the sizing up stage.
Experts generally agree Tonkins was "very lucky" the kangaroo walked away from the fight. Despite his current difficulties, at least Tonkins can say he walked away without a drop kick to the penis.