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The story behind that viral kangaroo punch video is better than you realize

The story of how a guy came to punch a kangaroo is as interesting as the video of the punch. 

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You’ve probably seen the video of the guy punching a kangaroo in the face. If you haven’t, that’s really too bad, because it’s an amazing clip. Somewhere out in the Australian bush, a kangaroo puts a dog in a headlock. A man runs into the frame and assumes a fighting stance, stunning the buff marsupial with a big right hook.

On its face, the video is absolutely hilarious. The backstory actually makes it kind of touching. caught up one of the guys who witnessed the now legendary punch and got the story

It all started when Mathew Amor and a few friends organized a hunting trip with a young man named Kailem, who was dying of cancer. Kailem, who died last week after battling bone cancer for two years, wanted to catch a boar.

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The group was out hunting when all of a sudden a kangaroo grabbed one of their dogs. That’s when GreigTonkins, a zookeeper, ran in to box the assailant. 

The reason cameras were rolling as Tonkins ran on the scene is the group was filming a DVD for Kailem and his family as a souvenir of the trip. Amor said he thinks Kailem would get a kick out of the clip going viral. 

“Kailem would be looking down from up there [heaven] and laughing because it was the highlight of the trip,” Amor told