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People Are Freaking Out Over This Dude Who Punched A Kangaroo To Save His Dog

One man was faced with this difficult question.

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A video showing an Australian man confronting a kangaroo and then punching it in the face has gone viral, and no one quite knows how to feel about it.

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The DVD is sold in newsagents in regional Australia, and acts as a sort of documentary, following a group of men out hunting. One of them, identified as Greg Tonkins, jumps out of a truck after seeing that one of their dogs is being held by a huge kangaroo.

Tonkins approaches the kangaroo before punching it in the face. Both he and the dog then escape.

Multiple uploads of the video have received millions of views on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, and have sparked an inquiry into Greg Tonkins' career as a zookeeper at Dubbo Western Plains Zoo. (He'll keep his job, the zoo has announced)

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It's also been revealed that the video is from a hunting trip organised for a young man named Kailem who had a rare bone cancer, Ewing sarcoma, and wanted to catch a boar.

"A few of us got together to take him out, and another mate filmed more than an hour of video to put together as a DVD for Kailem and his family of the trip," the trip's organiser, Mathew Amor, told

Kailem passed away last week and the 19-year-old's family has started a GoFundMe to raise funds to donate to Ewing sarcoma research.

And while the video has been labelled the most Australian piece of footage ever, it has also opened debate as to whether punching the kangaroo was the right thing to do.

I took on two pit bulls who tried to kill my dog. You bet your sweet ass I'd punch a kangaroo in the goddamn chest.…


He wanted to punch a kangaroo. He was engaging in animal cruelty.

  1. So what do you think. Would you punch a kangaroo to save your dog?

    No, definitely not.
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