By now, you've probably seen the viral video of a man punching a kangaroo in an attempt to rescue his dog — but what actually went down to lead to the human-marsupial boxing match?
The video, which has garnered over 4.1M views, was first posted to Facebook on Saturday by Steven Stubenrauch, who said the footage was sent to him from a friend from Down Under.
And while the blow to the kangaroo's face is pretty intense, the story behind the brawl is even more dramatic!
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The man in the video — identified by Australian press as Greig Tonkins — was part of a hunting trip in June for a now-deceased friend Kailem, who was suffering from cancer and wanted to go on a boar-hunting trip with his buddies.
After hearing about Kailem's condition, friend Mathew Amor organized the group hunting trip at his New South Wales property — which eventually led to a run-in with the "roo."
Amor said it was out of character for Tonkins — who is a zookeeper at Taronga's Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo — to strike the animal, explaining:
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