Zoo Makes ‘Controversial’ Decision On Future Of ‘Kangaroo Puncher’

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Wondering what went on with the guy who punched a kangaroo in the face earlier this week? 

Well, after ‘that’ incident, where an Aussie hunter whacked a roo, square in the face after it went for his dog, WA reports that he will keep his job. Greg Tonkins, is ironically a zookeeper, but was caught on camera giving a mean right hook, to the beast who had his dog in a headlock.

The zoo has now confirmed that the keeper will keep his job, after calls from some groups for him to be sacked following the unusual incident. Mr Tonkins was out on a hunting trip he’d organised, for a 19-year-old companion who was dying of cancer, when his dog got snatched up by the hefty marsupial.


The bizarre event took place in June but has only recently come to light, as it went viral at the weekend.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo, where Mr Tonkins has worked as an elephant keeper for the past six years, released a statement regarding his job situation.

They said:

Mr Tonkins is an experienced zookeeper and during his six years at Taronga Western Plains Zoo has always followed Taronga’s best practice approach to animal care and welfare.

We confirm that there is no suggestion of Mr Tonkins’ employment at Taronga Western Plains Zoo ending as a result of this event.

However, the highest standards of animal welfare and care are a core value of Taronga and one that we expect our staff to uphold in all their interactions with wildlife and we continue to work with Mr Tonkins on his conduct in regards to this incident.

Taronga strongly opposes the striking of animals and does not support the practice of using dogs to hunt, as this can result in negative welfare for both species.


Animal right’s group PETA however, have called for him to be prosecuted, but filmer Greg Bloom, who captured the footage spoke out saying the incident ‘was what it was’ and that his friend was a ‘good family man’ with ‘young children and a mortgage.’

He also wrote on the Youtube blurb, that Mr Tonkins ‘felt no malice to the kangaroo but had to step in and fix a bad situation before it got worse.’

The hilarious and shocking video shows a huge kangaroo holding his dog in a headlock, then kicking out as Mr Tonkins goes in to save his pet. The kangaroo squares up to his full height and seems to ‘confront’ the dog’s owner when Mr Tonkins reaches out to strike him, right in the face.

The kangaroo is clearly knocked off guard and taken aback, looking from Mr Tonkins, to the dog, before bounding away.

The whole crazy scenario has sparked controversy and mixed reactions, so whether you think he should or shouldn’t have punched that roo or should or shouldn’t have lost his job, at least no-one, including Max the dog was harmed in the making…