DASHCAM footage has captured the grim moment an Aussie driver hits a baby kangaroo and keeps on going – shouting: “S*** – another bloody kangaroo!”
In the clip, the driver’s car noticeably judders as the tiny marsupial jumps out from behind a tree at the last minute, giving him no chance of stopping.
But unperturbed by what sounds like a fairly regular occurence for him, Kelvin Hines continues to drive down the highway, without checking for damage or the condition of his vehicle.
At the start of the clip, Kelvin can be seen driving down a very quiet highway last Friday afternoon.
No other traffic passes his vehicle at any point during the 20 second clip.
As his car approaches a slight bend in a wooded area, a dark kangaroo jumps out, with no warning, just feet in front.
With the vehicle travelling at high speed, there is no chance to stop, and a huge “crash” is heard as the car collides with the macropodidae.
The car visibly shudders and Kelvin is heard to make an “ohhh” sound.
Seconds later, he nonchalantly remarks: “s*** another b***** kangaroo.”
A passenger in the vehicle asks: “Did you hit it?”
And Kelvin casually replies: “yeah yeah” before continuing down the road with no further conversation.
Kelvin posted the video on the Dash Cam Owners Australia Facebook group last week with the caption: “Watch out for roos even in the middle of the day.”
Other users were quick to jump to his defence and note the difficulty he must have had spotting the animal.
One viewer noted: “He was hard to see… Even when I rewatched it I missed it.”
Another added: “Hiding behind a tree.”
Advice from website Travelling King tells drivers to pull over when it is safe after hitting a roo, and check on the state of the animal, before contacting a ranger.
Data released last year shows that roos are responsible for nine out of 10 road accidents involving animals in Australia.
The exact number of kangaroos hit each year is hard to estimate, as many instances are only reported if there is a human injury.