Brother and sister Noah and Alyssa tell how the a kangaroo attacked them near their family home in South Grafton and Noah was able to chase it off.
Brother and sister Noah and Alyssa tell how the a kangaroo attacked them near their family home in South Grafton and Noah was able to chase it off. Tim Howard

Roo attack! Boy saves little sister from raging kangaroo

A SOUTH Grafton schoolboy is being hailed as a hero after saving his little sister from a kangaroo attack.

When confronted with the sight of his sister, Alyssa, screaming with a grunting kangaroo pinning her to the ground, Noah threw all thoughts of personal safety aside.

Noah said the kangaroo would have come up to his shoulder and had his sister pinned to the ground.

"I shouted to Allie to cover up her head and curl into a ball," he said. "Then I shouted at it, waved my arms and ran at it and it hopped away."

The children's mother, Kelly Boulton, had been walking the children home from the bus stop in Tallowwood Rd across a wildlife reserve to their house in Bush Dr on Tuesday last week, when they ran ahead of her.

Ms Boulton said she heard Alyssa's screams but did not see the attack.

She arrived to find her daughter scratched and bleeding with a puncture wound in her head that needed to be glued.

Ms Boulton said should couldn't have been more proud of Noah.

"He was so brave," she said. "He didn't think of anything but helping out his little sister. I was really impressed with the way he remembered what he was told about covering up if a kangaroo attacks you and told Allie what to do do."

Alyssa was running through a narrow passage between her neighbour's house and the side fence of their home when the attack occurred. She said she didn't see the roo until it was on top of her clawing at her head, face and body.

The kangaroo which was likely to have been a small female, inflicted a gash to her scalp, scratches to her face and deep bruising on her torso.

 

A female kangaroo and her joey in a South Grafton street near where a child was attacked recently.
A female kangaroo and her joey in a South Grafton street near where a child was attacked recently. Tim Howard

Ms Boulton said it was likely the kangaroo was a mother and probably attacked Alyssa because she surprised it or she might have been near a joey.

"We see kangaroos around all the time and have never had a problem with them," she said. "But we're coming into their breeding season, so it's important people treat them a little more carefully."

Ms Boulton was confident her daughter would not suffer any long term issues from the attack.

"She doesn't want to go near where the attack occurred," she said. "But she's been positive about it all, so I don't think there will be many issues from it."



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