A woman is lucky to be alive after she was mauled by a male kangaroo while walking her dog.
Dina, who was released from the hospital on Sunday, said the brutal attack occurred just moments after she took her pet off his leash at Federation Hill in Wodonga, regional Victoria.
She told Nine News she was forced to intervene when her dog began chasing the large kangaroo.
"I ran up the embankment to try and get my dog away but not realising that I was only three or four metres behind the roo. And that's when I sensed the roo was panicking and thinking 'I'm being attacked on all sides'," she said.
As she came face-to-face with the roo, Dina said a gut feeling prompted her to turn around.
Seconds later, the kangaroo shoved her to the ground and gouged one of her legs.
“I know now if I hadn’t turned around, I would probably be disembowelled,” she told the publication.
Dina said the kangaroo then began jumping on her, forcing her to play dead until the attack was over.
Pictures show cuts to Dina’s back, arms and face - which required 25 stitches.
She also appears to have two swollen black eyes.
Dina later underwent surgery for the wounds to her leg.
She said she doesn’t blame the kangaroo for the vicious assault and is aware her dog provoked the incident.
Councillor Danny Lowe told Nine dry weather conditions have pushed wild animals into the area, which features signage requiring owners to keep their pets on a leash.
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