Woman videotapes kangaroo grabbing girl at animal park

Jerome Frank
May 10, 2017

A 9-year-old was attacked by a kangaroo while visiting a safari park in Alabama this weekend.

Nine-year-old Cheyenne was with her mother and younger sister at one of their favorite places, Harmony Park near Huntsville, when a terrifying encounter happened.

The mother, Jennifer White, caught the incident on camera.

The girl needed 14 stitches after the attack, according to White.

White tells WAFF-TV (http://bit.ly/2pVUIs7 ) that she shot video which shows a kangaroo reaching through the holes of a large fence to grab the girl by the hair.

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"You blame yourself sometimes, like, 'Why did I take her to the park that day? Why did I take her to see the kangaroo", the girl's mother Jennifer White said.

"I'm just glad I was there", Jennifer said. "I was like, 'Yay!" A spokesperson said that it came from an outside source, and that it is one of two complaints filed against Harmony Safari Park this year, WHNT reported. She thought the kangaroo was only "playing" when the animal walked up to the fence.

The park did not immediately comment. "I don't want this to happen to somebody else's kid, because they might not be as fortunate as my daughter was". There were signs at the start of the kangaroo trail that warned customers that under a state law they take their own risks when visiting an agritourism business.

"I'm just glad I was there", an emotional Jennifer told NBC-affiliate WAFF.

Wooden plaques are also posted at the kangaroo enclosure that say, "I bite".

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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