Ranger visited kangaroo mob day before toddler got attacked
FRASER Coast Wildlife Sanctuary curator Ray Revill visited the kangaroo population at Dougon St in Point Vernon on Monday for a work related matter.
That was the day before a two-year-old girl and her mother were attacked and hospitalised by one of the marsupials.
"I was in the area relocating one roo, he had been pushed out of the mob by a superior male," Mr Revill said.
Mr Revill said he was rather familiar with the Point Vernon mob of kangaroos in particular, visiting it regularly in the past.
"This mob has never shown any problems or signs of aggression," he said.
"The incident was something out of the blue.
"The only reason one would attack is if they have been provoked."
Mr Revill believes the kangaroos should remain where they are, as with precautions taken, the incident will most likely not repeat itself.
"The kangaroos have always been there and are used to living in suburbia," he said.
"Most of the people living around there believe the kangaroos are not an issue."
EARLIER: The two-year-old girl who was attacked by a kangaroo in Point Vernon has been discharged from hospital.
Her injuries were described to be cuts and abrasions.
The girl's mum, aged 36, was also injured in the event when she fended off the kangaroo. She too received treatment and has been released from hospital.
EARLIER: Paramedics have treated a toddler who suffered injuries after being attacked by a kangaroo in Point Vernon.
An ambulance was on the scene at Dougan St where a witness Renee Harris said she saw the girl attacked by an aggressive roo.
Ms Harris said she saw the toddler only metres away from a home, which is located next to a vacant lot, before the kangaroo attacked.
"I was watching TV and I heard screaming," Ms Harris said.
"I ran out and saw the young toddler on the ground with the kangaroo on top."
The woman said she rushed over to intervene alongside the toddler's mother.
"I ran across the road and the mum ran over, everyone was screaming," she said.
"It came for me."
She said the toddler was picked up by the mother before triple zero was called.
"I was just so scared," she said.
"I've got a three-year-old and I'd hate for that to happen."
The girl was taken to Hervey Bay hospital with scratches to her face and chest.
A QAS media spokeswoman said the girl was in a stable condition.
Ms Harris said she had never had problems with the kangaroos in the past.
"They come up and sit on the fence, sit on the lawn, but no problems," she said.