Carrot-Addicted Roos Attack Tourists
Kangaroos are turning on people at a popular tourist spot in regional NSW, and carrots are to blame.
Tourists flock to Morisset Hospital in southern Lake Macquarie, where travel blogs say "adorable wild kangaroos" gather that are "tame enough to get close to and take photos with".
But to get the perfect roo-selfie, tourists are using food like carrots, something the marsupials are becoming aggressive for.
"There are people getting kicked and scratched at least every day," tourist shuttle bus driver Shane Lewis told the ABC.
"The kangaroos see at least 2,000 tourists a week and they don't need 2,000 carrots or bananas and bread, chips and biscuits."
All pics courtesy Shane Lewis
He also said that he's seen "some silly people" feeding them McDonalds, KFC and corn chips.
"There was a guy who got his stomach gashed open and he wasn't even feeding them but … they'd been to McDonalds 10 minutes before, so whether they still had the food smell on them I have no idea, but for some reason the kangaroo took to him."
The ABC reported the roos had grown hungry for the unnatural food being fed to them, and that According to the experts the kangaroos have most likely lost their fear of people, and have developed an addiction for the unnatural food being fed to them. In turn, this has made them aggressive.
Australian Reptile Park's Andrew Daly said that for roos, carrots were no healthier than junk food.
"They're both just as bad in different ways," he said.