Elderly WA man killed by pet kangaroo

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An elderly man has died from injuries after an apparent attack by his pet kangaroo in Western Australia's south.

Paramedics were called to the man's property in Redmond, near Albany on Sunday evening after the 77-year-old was found by a relative with serious injuries.

Police were called to assist after the kangaroo prevented the ambulance crew from accessing the injured man, who died at the scene.

A WA Police spokesman said officers were forced to shoot the marsupial dead because it was posing an ongoing threat to emergency responders.

The man is believed to have been attacked by the kangaroo earlier in the day. Police believe it was a wild animal which was being kept as a pet.

A police report will be prepared for the coroner.