Video Of Man Punching Kangaroo To Save Dog Goes Viral But Jeopardizes Job [VIDEO]

Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter

A man who punched a kangaroo in the mouth to rescue his dog now might lose his job after video of the incident went viral.

Greig Tonkins’ actions are being reviewed by his employers at the Taronga Western Plain Zoo in Dubbo, Australia, according to the Daily Mail. The video of the zookeeper was shot in June when he was out with friends on a wild pig hunt but only created a stir for him when video of the interaction was posted on Facebook over the weekend and went viral. (RELATED: A Drunken Heartfelt Rant About ‘Make America White Again’ Goes Viral [VIDEO])


On the video viewers can see the kangaroo with the dog in a headlock. Then the video shows how Tonkin rescued his dog as the roo rears up on his hind legs against the zookeeper. Tonkin doesn’t hesitate for a second and socks the kangaroo right in the face with a right upper hook to his jaw. (RELATED: Video Of Cop Dancing With Black Lives Matter Activists Goes Viral)

The zookeeper has since gone underground with all the attention the video has created. While Americans viewed the man as a hero for saving his dog, in Australia the video was seen very differently and has created outrage among people.

“We are working with Mr. Tonkins to understand the exact circumstances of the event and will consider any appropriate actions,” a spokesperson said.

Another man on the hunt with the zookeeper said he was only trying to protect his dog and everyone else there.

“The dog wanted no part of it, all it was trying to do was escape from the roo and that’s why he stepped in,” the friend said. “There’s people on social media saying, ‘I know men like that, I bet they killed it afterwards,’ but that’s just ridiculous.”

“The video went viral in America and there was not one bad comment, and then it goes crazy in Australia and there’s a whole bunch of outrage,” he added. “It made me sick to be part of this country when people were wishing this family man and dog died, when the kangaroo wasn’t even hurt.”

Katie Jerkovich

Entertainment Reporter


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