A 7-year-old Australian girl says she thought she was going to die when a kangaroo attacked her on New Year's Day.


Makayla McEvoy recalled that a kangaroo pinned her to the ground and kicked her while she was playing at a campsite near Cowra, leaving her covered with bruises and scratches.

"I thought I was going to die," she said. "All I could see was grey, grey, grey."

Makayla's mother, Emma, told Central Western Daily that she just "just froze with fear" when she saw the attack.

Stepfather Mitch McGovern, however, reacted quickly to save the girl.

"As I jumped over the top of Makayla to get rid of the kangaroo, all I could see was she was laying, sort of, face down on the ground with her shirt was all ripped, and her back was cut," he explained. "There was no noise, I thought the worst."

The attack hasn't discouraged the 7-year-old from her ambition to one day be a veterinarian.

Grey kangaroos can weigh as much as 145 lbs and grow as tall 9 ft.

Watch the video below from Sky News, broadcast Dec. 3, 2012.