Skippy lands be­side driver

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - Top 5 Topics - AN­DREA DAVY An­drea.davy@ru­ral­weekly.com.au

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 drought­stricken prop­erty near Blackall, Cob was driv­ing at low speeds – about 10 or 15km/h – around noon when he had the crash.

“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.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

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

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

A wal­la­roo was killed in­stantly on a prop­erty near Blackall.

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