Aussies Hunt 'Roo Beater on Tape

Young man beats kanga on camera while friend laughs
By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Sep 12, 2008 6:22 AM CDT

(Newser) – Animal rights activists in Australia are on the hunt for a young man who beat a kangaroo unconscious on camera while an onlooker laughed, the AP reports. The assault is documented in a grainy 15-second video clip that has been yanked from the porn site where it was originally posted. The date and location of the attack, as well as the animal’s fate, are still unknown.

A member of the group investigating the incident said the animal may have been ill, injured, or tame, which might explain why it took repeated blows to the head and chest instead of running away. "When you see these sorts of things, it knocks the wind out of your sails," the man said. "This animal is clearly defenseless, and they're laughing. It's horrific."