Animal lovers, aghast at Greig Tonkins rescuing his wussy dog from the grasp of a large and aggressive kangaroo by punching it in the head (video here) – are demanding he be fired from his job at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, PETA even wanting him prosecuted.
The zoo supports Tonkins but also damns him:
“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,” it read.
“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.”
Fairfax reports that the kangaroo was “visibly shocked, but seemingly not seriously injured”. Actually, the aggressor roo seems neither “shocked” nor “injured”.