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Australian cyclone brings close encounters with wildlife

Australian cyclone brings close encounters with wildlife
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By Atack Patrick
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Over Tuesday and Wednesday, the Australian state of Queensland was battered by Cyclone Debbie.

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Over Tuesday and Wednesday, the Australian state of Queensland was battered by Cyclone Debbie. More than 1,000 schools have closed, and local authorities are recommending that people stay indoors.

But the heavy weather has brought an unexpected side-effect, with several sightings of wild animals in urban areas.

One resident of Rothwell, north of Brisbane, filmed as a kangaroo explored the flooded park near his house.

But Ashley Jack had a closer encounter with the ‘roo than he had initially expected.

As Jack makes his way towards the Kangaroo, to get a better look at the typically Australian animal, the “crazed kangaroo” (as Jack described it) turned and began to charge directly at the Queenslander.

Luckily for Jack, when the Kangaroo saw him turn and run, it gave up its chase.

And Jack’s run-in wasn’t the only shock encounter for Australians in the north-eastern state.

Queensland’s Fire and Emergency Services tweeted an image of a Bull shark that had been washed up by flood waters.

Think it's safe to go back in the water? Think again! A bull shark washed up in Ayr. Stay out of floodwater. #TCDebbie#ifitsfloodedforgetitpic.twitter.com/DpP29Va1JG

— Qld Fire & Emergency (@QldFES) March 30, 2017

Being as Bull sharks are considered some of the most dangerous sharks in the ocean, the authorities advise that people stay out of flood waters.

The metre-long shark was already dead when it was found near the town of Ayr, in the north of Queensland.

Despite the heavy rainfall (A month’s worth of rain fell in two hours in the state’s largest city, Brisbane) and flash flooding, no injuries have been reported. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Katarina Carroll described the lack of injuries as “extraordinary”, but criticised one person shown on a jet ski in a video shared on social media.

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