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.
"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.
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