Would you punch a kangaroo to save your dog?

Kailem Barwick (third from left) during the hunting trip with Greig Tonkins (centre). Photo: Facebook

Kailem Barwick (third from left) during the hunting trip with Greig Tonkins (centre). Photo: Facebook

By now you would have seen the video making waves on the internet where a man punches a kangaroo in the face after it appears to have had his dog in a headlock.

Dubbo man, Greig Tonkins was revealed to have been the man in the video. His employer, Taronga Western Plains Zoo issued a statement backing Tonkins, saying that ‘there is no intention that he will lose his job over this matter.’

The trip, from which the footage was taken, is available on DVD at news agencies in Australia as a mini-documentary of sorts. 

It has since been revealed the footage was shot in June at a rural property in Condobolin, New South Wales and was, according to attendee Matthew Amor, part of a hunting trip organised for a 19-year-old man who was dying of cancer.

Kailem Barwick, who lost his battle with sarcoma on December 2, loved hunting and had a dream to catch a ‘one tonner’ [100 kilogram] boar.

“This DVD trip was made and put together for a sick young man who has recently passed away… it was a memory and part of the trip and gave us a great laugh after,” Mr Amor said on Sunday.

People around Australia and the world have called the piece of footage from the DVD ‘the most Australian video ever’, however many have been quick to criticise Tonkins for the way he reacted.

We posed the question to readers in a poll and overwhelmingly voters were in support of Tonkins with many saying they would have done the same.

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