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Huge 6ft 5in muscle-bound kangaroo photographed bathing in a creek in Western Australia

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 11/10/2017 By Mike Wright

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A gardener has described the frightening moment he came face-to-face with a huge muscle-bound kangaroo as he walked his dog in Western Australia.

Jackson Vincent said he is normally confident around animals but felt threatened when the “macho” marsupial approached him and his pet, Dharma.

The 27-year-old stumbled across the 6ft 5in mammal as it was bathing its rippling torso in Boodjidup Creek in Margaret River on Tuesday.

He said: "I have been going to that creek since I was a little boy and there have always been kangaroos on the property.

"I was walking my dog and we saw this huge roo standing in the water. I have never seen a kangaroo standing in the water like that, we could just see his head at first, and he was one of the biggest I have ever seen.

"As I ran around him to take a picture he came closer and that was when I realised he was coming right at me and he was really big.

"I am pretty confident around animals but the moment when he started to come out of the water my heart definitely jumped and I decided to take a few steps back.”

Kangaroos are largely docile and instinctively scared of humans but can act unpredictably if they feel threatened. They have been known to attack humans, although incidents are rare.

When kangaroos do attack humans they do so as if they were another kangaroo by grappling with their forepaws or sitting back and kicking out with their hind legs.

Mr Vincent, from Fremantle, Perth, had been visiting his grandmother in Margaret River and saw the gargantuan kangaroo on her property at about 11.30am. He said his main fear was that the wild animal was about to attack Kelpie Dharma.

"He looked to be at least two metres (6ft 5in) tall or taller and must have weighed at least 100 kg (16st),” said Mr Vincent.

"He had a really big body and was taller than me. There are a lot of roos at my grandma's place but I have never seen one that muscular before - he was a big macho male.

"I decided to get Dharma out of there as we thought the kangaroo was going to lure him into the water to drown him."

Mr Vincent's Facebook post with his images of the kangaroo's muscular physique quickly went viral, racking up thousands of likes and shares.

Online commenters were quick to point out the animal's impressive bodybuilder-like muscular shoulders, biceps and chest and threatening posture.

After dropping Dharma back at his grandmother's house Mr Vincent returned to the creek to see the kangaroo was still there.

Jackson added: "His claws were really big - they were as long as my hand. That for me was even scarier than his muscles, they looked nasty.

"I have never seen a kangaroo be so defensive - it definitely looked like he was puffing his chest muscles up.

"I definitely wouldn't like to take him on in a boxing match."

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