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Published: Thursday, 9/22/2011

Kangaroo at farm injures man, 80

Victim in fair condition at hospital

ASSOCIATED PRESS

GREEN CAMP, Ohio -- An 80-year-old man is in fair condition after a kangaroo attacked him for 15 minutes at an exotic-animal farm in central Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the Marion County sheriff's office received a 911 call Tuesday from Nola Kokas saying her father-in-law was hurt. Maj. Jeff Cline says the injury happened at Kokas Exotics in Green Camp.

Kokas told the 911 dispatcher that the man had been injured all over: "I don't know how to explain it, but it's bad," she said.

The man wasn't identified in the 911 call, and the sheriff's office did not have his name. Public records show that John Kokas, 80, lives on the property.

The Advocate of Newark reports the man was in fair condition yesterday at a Columbus hospital. The farm owner's son told WCMH-TV the man was attacked by a 6-foot-tall, 200-pound male kangaroo. The station reports the attack occurred during breeding time when males can be aggressive.

The son says the kangaroo will be euthanized.

Kokas Exotics advertises on the Internet that it sells baby kangaroos or joeys and a Web site shows the farm sells baby skunks and baby groundhogs or kits.



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