Belgium: wandering wolf suspected of eating a kangaroo
A wolf is suspected of having killed a domesticated kangaroo and of having bitten another during a night attack in Balen, in the northeast of Belgium, a specialist on Wednesday told AFP wildlife.
The missing kangaroo is “probably dead”, eaten “as a Christmas meal” by the wolf, said Jan Loos, director of the Landschap center, which specializes in wildlife.
The other kangaroo was injured, bitten in the ear, but is “in good health,” he said.
The kangaroos were in the garden of their owners when the attack occurred. It was the owners, whose identity Mr. Loos did not reveal, who called the specialist.
“I discovered wolf footprints, so it is almost certain that it was a wolf, but we are not 100% sure which wolf it is,” said l ‘expert.
Mr. Loos suspects a wolf nicknamed August, spotted since the middle of 2018. This wolf, which comes and goes across the border with Germany, roams the region.
Usually, wolves hunt and eat wild boars or deer, and sometimes attack cattle for convenience, noted the expert.
Contacted by AFP, the Balen police said they had no further information on the case.
Kangaroos, Australian animals, do not usually live in Europe outside zoos. Colonies of wallabies, which resemble small kangaroos, escaped from a zoological reserve, have lived for decades in an area of the Rambouillet forest, west of Paris.