When businessman Daniel Hurst claimed he saw a surfing kangaroo being attacked by a great white shark many people asked whether he had been drinking or was suffering from hallucinations.But 32-year-old Mr Hurst insisted that he had seen the kangaroo bound out from bushes near the beach at Torquay, Victoria, jump into the sea – and then fall victim to a huge shark which leaped up and grabbed it.But the critics were silenced when other proof emerged that he was right.First, a second witness came forward to support Mr Hurst's claim.
Then local council authorities confirmed that they had found the mangled carcass of a kangaroo on the beach and had buried it.Finally there was confirmation that kangaroos do like to go for a swim if they get the chance, when a fisherman produced a snap taken recently of one enjoying a bathe in a nearby river.When Mr Hurst told of the shark attack, local newspapers asked for other witnesses – and yesterday Mick Boucher, who had been riding a surfboard at the time, came forward to say he also saw the incident.He watched in astonishment as the kangaroo hopped down the beach and entered the water.
"It was about 200m from shore when the shark struck. I could see its back clearly visible above the choppy waves as it attacked the roo," he said.The local coastal committee confirmed that workers had removed a dead kangaroo found on the beach the day after the attack and had buried it deep in the ground above the high tide mark.To support the claim that kangaroos swim, John Winkler sent in a picture to his local paper showing a roo enjoying an afternoon in the water at the mouth of the Aire River, a few miles from where the other unfortunate animal was grabbed by the shark."I was out on my kayak when I had to look twice because there was this kangaroo swimming along not far from me," he said."It was quite capable in the water, perhaps a little on the slow side, but it wasn't impressed by my appearance."Luckily I was able to take a picture to prove that roos do like to take a dip."