Yes, Australians eat kangaroos — despite it being on their coat of arms and much loved by all.
That includes 39-year-old Brisbane woman Kath Milroy Pattingale, who was about to have dinner with her husband on Thursday when she apparently noticed a bullet lodged in their meal.
The couple had been on a three-and-half month trip in their caravan, and for their last night they barbecued some kangaroo meat, which was purchased from the Woolworths supermarket in Bargara, Queensland.
Pattingale’s husband brought it inside on a chopping board, ready to serve up.
“It was a big fillet and he sliced through it to dish it up, and that’s where the bullet — or I don’t know, the bullet casing — whatever it is, that’s where it appeared,” she explained.
The image of the bullet lodged in the kangaroo meat was posted on the supermarket’s Facebook page, where it went viral, but the post has since been taken down.
Pattingale said Woolworths had been in contact with her on Friday morning, and asked her to return the meat to her local supermarket so they can investigate.
“I would think that’s what they need to do. They need to analyse it properly, because there’s obviously a lot of speculation about whether if it’s legitimate or not, or has it been photoshopped,” she said.
A Woolworths spokesperson said in a statement via email that “they take all customer concerns seriously and are investigating the issue raised.”
While it might be a troubling find, Pattingale hopes it doesn’t put people off the idea of kangaroo meat. It has been advocated as being more sustainable compared to beef or lamb.
“I think the farmers out there are doing it pretty tough at the best of times,” she said. “I want Woolies to check it out and find out how it all happened, but I don’t want it having any long-term effects on the kangaroo industry.”