A teenager hunting for kangaroos was left with a smashed jaw when the animal fought back and attacked him.
Joshua Hayden, 19, was out with his brother near Kellerberrin in Western Australia on Tuesday night when his jaw was broken as they hunted three animals.
He says he was lining up a shot at two kangaroos from the moving car and was leaning out of the window when it attacked and bounced straight off the windscreen.
After the other one disappeared, Mr Hayden put two of the animals in his crosshairs but the animal charged at the car before he could pull the trigger.
Mr Hayden was out cold for around 30 seconds before he regained consciousness and initially thought his brother had hit him.
‘It actually collided with the side of the car and smashed the front window,’ he told the ABC.
‘Then it bounced back onto me and headbutted me straight in the jaw.’
He has been referred to the Royal Perth Hospital after two trips to local hospitals at Northam and Kellerberrin – 200km east of Perth.
Doctors have told him he will have to wait 10 days for surgery to allow the swelling to go down.
The pair say they often go out hunting for kangaroos to eat but have not come across them fighting back on previous expeditions.
A Western Australian teenager sustained head injuries after being collected by a kangaroo while allegedly hanging out the window of a moving car.
The young male received facial fractures as a result of the run-in, which occurred as he was travelling through the north east town of Northam on Wednesday, ABC News reports.
St John Ambulance revealed he had been transported to Royal Perth Hospital for treatment, but was in good health.
The well being of the kangaroo was unknown.
The incident comes just weeks after a cyclist was wiped at by a large kangaroo while riding in Bonnah, in Queensland, on Australia Day.
The cyclist, Rebecca, was thrown off her bike and partially dislocated her right shoulder as a result of the forceful impact.
Footage of the collision showed her setting the pace at the front of a group of riders who were making their way through the south-east Queensland countryside.
The kangaroo then emerged from the right-hand side of the road before collecting Rebecca and miraculously landing on its legs before hopping off.