Man strangles kangaroo to death after wife is attacked

A resident in Sumner County, Tennessee, says she was attacked by her neighbor’s kangaroo, leading to her husband killing the animal.

The incident unfolded Wednesday evening.

Around 5 p.m., authorities responded to the area for reports of two people “who had been in a battle with a male kangaroo,” according to Sumner County Sheriff Tim Bailey.

Reportedly, neighbors spotted the kangaroo outside of its normal area, although still within its owners’ property. At that time, the neighbors called the owners to see if there was any way to get the animal back to its usual confinement.

The owners, Hope and Chris Lea, were not home, but told the neighbors where they could find the kangaroo’s feed to lure it back into its area. They also said they would be home within an hour to take care of the situation.

The neighbor went onto the fenced-in property, where the female neighbor was assaulted by the kangaroo. The husband then stepped in, strangling the kangaroo.

Neither of the neighbors was seriously hurt, but the kangaroo died.

The owners of the kangaroo say they are heartbroken over the death of their beloved “Carter.”

The Leas said they returned home to find Carter dead, with their younger kangaroos around his lifeless body.

“I was screaming because all of the babies were standing around his dead body and I was just so upset,” Hope said.

While the kangaroo was outside of his normal area, the Leas say their property is entirely fenced-in.

“He didn’t have nowhere to go,” Hope said. “He was choked to death in his own space.”

Now, the Leas say they are looking for some kind of restitution over Carter’s death.

“We’ve had Carter since he was a little nugget,” Hope said. “It’s like losing a family member.”

5 thoughts on “Man strangles kangaroo to death after wife is attacked

  1. If the attacked lady was on her own property how could she be attacked by the kangaroo? It has to be a lie. They had to trespass on the neighbors property to have contact with the kangaroo.

  2. Um…that animal attacked and nearly killed the neighbors wife…That’s NOT a pet to have as a private resident. They belong in a zoo! Those that owned it should pay the medical bills of the woman who was attacked, not the owners getting any money from them.

  3. Why ate kangaroos allowed as pets in Tennessee? They can be dangerous. Just like a lady who’s Caracals keep getting out, sje had them taken away. If ypu have animals as pets, they should have a place the can’y get out of. Dogs running around, I call animal control. And my cat never poops in my or any neighbors yard. She poops in her own box in my own house and she’s never outside unless I am with her.

  4. Why are people able to have kangaroos as pets? And why were the neighbors concerned? were there 2 enclosures and the kangaroo breached one? I need more information about the surroundings. Now you have a dead kangaroo, an injured wife, and a sad family.

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