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Ranger Has Unusual Theory on Kangaroo Attack

Blames jogger's Sarah Jessica Parker perfume
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2020 10:12 AM CST

(Newser) – An Aussie woman says she'll never wear her Sarah Jessica Parker perfume again, at least not while she's out for a run, after a frightening incident with a resident kangaroo over the weekend. Tracy Noonan tells the 3AW Breakfast radio program she was jogging Saturday in the Melbourne suburb of Beaconsfield when she spotted a kangaroo—a not uncommon sight for her while on her runs, per PerthNow. This kangaroo was different, however, following along with her as she ran. Then, suddenly, the kangaroo leaped over a fence separating it from Noonan. "That’s when I started to panic and thought, 'What is this kangaroo doing?'" Noonan told 7News. As she turned her back on the stalkery marsupial and covered her head, Noonan says she "felt a massive thump in the middle of my back" as the kangaroo knocked her down, per 3AW.

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“I turned around and it was actually just standing over the top of me," she notes. Noonan says she hurled rocks at it and ran to a nearby home, where the kangaroo stood outside for 20 minutes, watching her through a window. "The kangaroo was waiting for me," she says. "It was something out of a horror movie. ... I thought, 'Oh, my God, this kangaroo is going to kill me." Noonan says she had to be driven home, apparently by the house's residents. A local ranger later told Noonan that her Sarah Jessica Parker brand perfume likely attracted the kangaroo. As for why Noonan doused herself in the SJP scent before going out for a sweaty run, she says: "It was early in the morning and I was fumbling around for deodorant and that was all I could find." She promises she wasn't trying to lure any roos her way. (Read more kangaroo attack stories.)

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