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NO INJURIES: Grey Cobhorse had a lucky escape after a roo came through his ute's windscreen while working near Blackall.
NO INJURIES: Grey Cobhorse had a lucky escape after a roo came through his ute's windscreen while working near Blackall. Contributed

HE WAS showered in thousands of tiny glass shards, but Grey Cobhorse "Cob” walked away uninjured after a wallaroo came crashing through his windscreen.

"After unwrapping the windscreen from my left shoulder, I got out and had a brush-down and shake-out. There were no worries or damage,” he said.

Cob said the animal was a "wally with a bit of mass behind him” so was killed instantly.

"Which I was awfully grateful for. If he'd arrived in the cab fighting mad it might have got a bit messy,” he said.

Working on a drought-stricken property near Blackall, Cob was driving at low speeds - about 10 or 15km/h - around noon when he had the crash yesterday.

"I was in a stock lane. He must've felt hemmed in by lane fences. I thought he'd turned back from around the right-hand corner of the vehicle but he made a flying leap to go over the vehicle,” he said.

"We have very few roos... a bit crazy that one picked on me. I swear I didn't pick on him. This was slow-speed stuff.”

Cob said the property was completely destocked after facing five dry years, and they controlled roo pressure by turning water troughs off.

Cob shared his story and images to the Ringers From the Top End Facebook page. So far the post has been shared more than 1000 times.

While uninjured, Cob said he was thankful he was wearing his sunglasses, which protected his eyes at the time.

"That was the biggest risk from the impact,” he said.

As for the roo?

Cob returned to the scene to butcher him up for fresh dog meat.

Topics:  blackall crash drought kanagroo wallaby



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