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Video: Flying kangaroo almost takes out cyclist

Only in Australia ... but you've probably guessed that already...

"It's definitely the freakiest thing that's ever happened to me on a ride." That's what a cyclist in South Australia told 7 News about the moment a kangaroo leapt over his head - with footage of the incident captured on the rear-facing camera of one of the friends he was riding with.

Peter Roberts posted a video to Facebook of the incident, which happened in the wonderfully named Humbug Scrub north of Adelaide, which forms part of the Para Wirra Conservation Park.

The marsupial gave Michael Bland's cycle helmet just a glancing blow as it jumped over him.

Neither the cyclist nor the kangaroo, which bounded into the bush on the other side of the road, was hurt.

Roberts said: "Today's excitement: Attack of the Roo!!! Note. No animals were harmed in the making of the video. Michael Bland however needs to buy a lotto ticket!"


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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