MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) _ A panicked kangaroo trapped by dogs attacked a farmer who came to his aid today in southern Australia, hurting the man badly enough to require hospitalization.

The farmer, whose name was not released, was trying to call off his dogs, which had cornered the kangaroo on his farm at Drouin, east of Melbourne, ambulance service spokeswoman Liz Tunnecliffe said.

The kangaroo struck out at the man, who fell and injured his back so badly he could not walk.

The man crawled across his paddocks for an hour to reach his home, where his wife called an ambulance, Tunnecliffe said.

The fate of the kangaroo was not known.