WHITE HOUSE, Tennessee (WKRN) – A resident of Sumner County, Tennessee, says she was attacked by her neighbor’s kangaroo, which caused her husband to kill the animal.
The incident took place on Wednesday evening.
At around 5 p.m., authorities responded on the spot to reports of two people “who had fought with a male kangaroo,” Sumner County Sheriff Tim Bailey said.
Neighbors have reportedly seen the kangaroo outside its normal range, although still on the property of its owners. At that time, neighbors called the owners to see if there was a way to return the animal to its usual containment.
The owners, Hope and Chris Lea, were not at the house, but told the neighbors where they could find the kangaroo’s food to lure him to his area. They also said they would be home in an hour to deal with the situation.
The neighbors went to the fenced property, where the neighbor was assaulted by the kangaroo. The husband then intervened, strangling the kangaroo.
None of the neighbors were seriously injured, but the kangaroo died.
The owners of the kangaroo say they are heartbroken by the death of their beloved “Carter”.
The Leas said they returned home to find Carter dead, with their young kangaroos around his lifeless body.
“I was screaming because all the babies were standing around her corpse and I was so upset,” Hope said.
While the kangaroo was outside of its normal area, the Leas say their property is fully fenced.
“He had nowhere to go,” Hope said. “He was suffocated to death in his own space. ”
Now the Leas say they’re looking for some sort of restitution for Carter’s death.
“We’ve had Carter since he was a little nugget,” Hope said. “It’s like losing a family member.”