Video of an Australian man boxing a kangaroo to save his dog went viral last week, but there is more to the story than meets the eye.
Greig Tonkins and his pals were on a boar hunting trip with their friend Kailem Barwick, a 19-year-old who was diagnosed with terminal cancer, hoping to catch an elusive “tonner” — a wild boar that weighs more than 100 kilograms (around 220 pounds), the Daily Mail reported.
During the trip, one of the dogs ran into a kangaroo while chasing a scent. Tonkins quickly ran to the dog’s aide and intervened, first distracting the kangaroo and causing it to release the dog from a headlock. Thankfully the dog was wearing protective gear that prevented the kangaroo’s claws from injuring him.
Tonkins, who is a zookeeper, then squared up with the animal and delivered a punch to get the kangaroo to leave the party alone, solidifying his fate as a viral video star. “It was funny because the guy who [punched the kangaroo] is the most placid bloke. We laughed at him for chucking such a s–t punch,” friend Matthew Amor told news.com.au.
Barwick, who died of Ewing Sarcoma mere days before the video became a viral hit, would have been happy to see all of the attention the clip has gotten. “Kailem would be looking down from [heaven] and laughing because it was the highlight of the trip,” Amor said.