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NATURE ATTACKS Woman, 94, Battles Kangaroo Rob Griffith / AP Photo

Woman, 94, Battles Kangaroo

Next time you start to complain about doing your laundry, think of Phyllis Johnson. The 94-year-old Australian woman was hanging her wash on Sunday in an Outback town when a red kangaroo attacked her. "I thought it was going to kill me," she said. "It was taller than me, and it just plowed through the clothes on the washing line straight for me." With the aid of a broom and her dog, Johnson fought back against the raging ‘roo, but she was badly injured enough that she had to be taken to a hospital for treatment. The animal was apparently a pet who had escaped, and it was subdued after a police officer arrived on the scene and pepper-sprayed it. Police said that kangaroo attacks on humans are rare; this was the first recorded instance of one being subdued with pepper spray.

July 26, 2011 3:23 PM