Attack of the zombie kangaroo: Driver who thought a roo was dead in the road is left with horror eye injuries after it suddenly sprung up and mauled him
- Driver fended off kangaroo after he pulled over to the roadside to check up on it
- Good Samaritan hot-footed it home with bloodied eyes before rushed to hospital
- Plastic surgeons repaired torn skin tissue and ligaments around victim’s eyes
A driver was left with horrific facial injuries after a seemingly dead kangaroo suddenly sprung up and mauled him.
Canberra man Billy Willox was driving to work along a road in the south eastern part of New South Wales earlier this month, when he spotted a kangaroo lying motionless on the roadside.
The bus driver pulled over to the side of Googong Road to search the corpse for a joey, in an attempt to save it.
Billy Willox (pictured) was driving to work along a road in the south eastern part of NSW earlier this month, when he spotted a kangaroo lying motionless on the roadside
The bus driver pulled to the side of Googong Road to search the corpse for a joey, in an attempt save it.
But the good Samaritan got the shock of his life when the kangaroo sprang to life and attacked him.
The startled animal went for Mr Willox’s eyes, before it was kicked back.
A bloodied Mr Willox fled to his car and managed to drive home before his alarmed partner Kerrie Vernables rushed him to Canberra Hospital.
Mr Willox was given a tetanus shot and received plastic surgery to repair the torn skin tissue and ligaments around his eyes.
‘Thank goodness his sight is ok [sic] and plastic surgeons amazing [sic],’ Ms Vernables said.
Ms Vernables urged drivers to be cautious of dead wildlife lying on the side of the road.
‘Please be aware if you are moving a kangaroo off the road or checking for a joey. Ensure it is dead,’ she said.
Mr Willox has since returned to work.
ACT Wildlife volunteer Tabitha Plovits urged drivers to always put their safety at the front of their mind.
‘We encourage people to text us if they see animals on the side of the road,’ she said.
She said drivers should assess the situation before they pulled over to the side of the road to help the animal.
Mr Willox (right) fled to his car and managed to drive home before his alarmed partner Kerrie Vernables (left) rushed him to Canberra Hospital