A kangaroo attacked a Queensland, Australia couple in their 60's and their son on Saturday; the family had been feeding the animals in the wake of a drought, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
According to the woman, Linda Smith, her husband had attempted to feed the animal; however, it responded aggressively. Mrs. Smith grabbed a broom and tried to help her spouse, prompting the 1.82 meter-tall kangaroo to attack her instead. Their son rushed in and whacked the violent marsupial with a shovel, causing it to retreat.
Mrs. Smith was rushed to the hospital with her husband. She suffered a collapsed lung, broken ribs, abrasions to her arms as well as internal injuries and underwent surgery on Sunday. Her husband received multiple lacerations and was also hospitalized, while her 40-year-old son had minor injuries, according to the BBC.
According to Smith, an experienced wildlife carer, this was the first time she had witnessed such aggressive behavior in kangaroos, however, it's currently mating season for kangaroos and males can display aggressiveness.