Published On: Sat, May 18th, 2013

Canberra politician, Shane Rattenbury, treated for wounds after kangaroo mishap

An Australian politician had some wounds treated and a tetanus shot after an unusual confrontation with the frightened marsupial in a Canberra suburb.

Shane Rattenbury's kangaroo wounds Image/Twitter

Shane Rattenbury’s kangaroo wounds

Member of  the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly, Shane Rattenbury, 41, was jogging along the pavement in suburban Ainslie when he had a near collision with the 4’7″ kangaroo, according to a Guardian report Thursday.

‘We both got a nasty fright, and of course when kangaroos are startled, they lash out,’ Mr Rattenbury said.

‘As the kangaroo sought to escape, it landed on me, and its claws dug into my leg.’

Rattenbury tweeted about the event several times:

“Mugged by a kangaroo! And this was in the suburbs, had not even got to the nature park!”

“a tetanus shot and clean from the excellent nurses at Walk in Centre sorted it!”

“I believe the roo is fine – escaped the scene quickly, but did fail to get my watch or wallet for those who were wondering…”

Shane Rattenbury MLA is a Greens Member of the ACT Legislative Assembly, for the electorate of Molonlgo in Canberra. Shane has been appointed as the Minister for TAMS, Housing, Corrections, ATSI and Ageing.

Although incredibly cute and lovable, the kangaroo population has grown to the point where controversial culling has been instituted by the government.

“Without a predator, kangaroos have increased in abundance and have a detrimental impact on the rest of the ecosystem. The Greens have not opposed that cull,” Rattenbury said. “I really enjoy seeing kangaroos, and we’re very lucky in Canberra to have them as part of our neighborhoods, but I usually prefer to keep them at a bit more of a distance than this.”

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