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Rattenbury's run-in with roo

Shane Rattenbury's leg after the run-in with a kangaroo.

Shane Rattenbury's leg after the run-in with a kangaroo.

ACT Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury escaped with some gashes on one leg and bruising on the other after being attacked by a kangaroo on his morning run.

Mr Rattenbury, a Greens MLA who sits in the ACT Labor cabinet, says he inadvertently startled a small female kangaroo during his morning run through the inner-northern suburb of Ainslie.

"I was running up the footpath and the kangaroo was just behind a hedge eating some grass or doing something,'' Mr Rattenbury said.

Shane Rattenbury.

Shane Rattenbury. Photo: Supplied

"I startled it, it turned, I got startled too as they do when they get frightened. They just lash out a little bit.

"I ducked and it landed on me.''

The kangaroo made a quick escape and a nearby pedestrian rushed to Mr Rattenbury's assistance.

Another good Samaritan drove the minister home.

"I tried not to get blood in his car.''

Mr Rattenbury said staff at the Canberra Hospital's nurse-led walk-in centre cleaned the wounds and gave him a tetanus shot, allowing him to arrive on time for a parliamentary sitting day, albeit with a limp.

14 comments so far

  • Is the roo OK?

    Commenter
    Badger
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    May 16, 2013, 10:47AM
    • Apparently it only suffered minor Spandex burns

      Commenter
      Kambah Krawler
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      May 16, 2013, 1:42PM
    • I believe the Roo is presently receiving counselling to resolve post traumatic stress issues.

      Commenter
      Steve
      Date and time
      May 17, 2013, 6:40AM
  • OMG the poor roo. Cold and dark morning. Probably thought he was food.

    Commenter
    Kathy
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    May 16, 2013, 12:14PM
    • MY GOD, LOOK AT THOSE LEGS!!

      Commenter
      heyhey
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      May 16, 2013, 12:17PM
      • A rat with shaved legs - that's freaky.

        Commenter
        Dave
        Location
        Woden
        Date and time
        May 16, 2013, 4:12PM
    • OMG, poor Kangaroo. I hope he is ok. Why would you go disturb kangaroo in their native habitat just because you have to run? Find somewhere else to run without disturbing the environment Minister or don't you understand GREEN?

      Commenter
      adakol1
      Date and time
      May 16, 2013, 12:32PM
      • Roo bound to be OK, it probably went to a nurse-led Hop-in Centre. Minister bounced back and introduced three Greens bills (a record for one day!) just after getting back from bandaging.

        Commenter
        Larryo
        Date and time
        May 16, 2013, 2:54PM
        • Very surprised his tetanus shot wasn't up to date. Long way to go to have a cut attended to, perhaps he too objects to paying $80 for a 10 minute visit to our mostly non-bulk billing doctors in the ACT (82.4% doctors bulk bill Tanya said, where?). Both he and the poor little kangaroo may have been startled by the $340,000 ACT taxpayer funded "big tit" in the sky (which we don't own, and it may only undertake 2 flights?). Hope the little kangaroo was OK and next time she is accompanied by her big brothers and dad.

          Commenter
          Jane
          Location
          ACT
          Date and time
          May 16, 2013, 3:53PM
          • Hope the roo has its tetanus shots up-to-date.

            Commenter
            Bill
            Location
            Waramanga
            Date and time
            May 16, 2013, 4:05PM

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