FAST food-addicted kangaroos are attacking tourists who ignore warnings by giving them snacks at a popular Australian beauty spot.
Selfie-loving visitors drive the animals into a frenzy by feeding them carrots, crisps, McDonald's and KFC to get the prefect holiday snap in Lake Macquarie.
Shocking images show many visitors leaving the area, in New South Wales, with deep gashes and cuts.
Thousands of people flock to Lake Macquarie every week, enticed by travel blogs which claim the "adorable wild kangaroos" are "tame enough to get close to".
"Kangaroos are very tame until people introduce foreign foods," said Shane Lewis, 47, who runs the local tourist shuttle bus.
Visitors ignore signs dotted around the park which clearly read: "Do not feed the kangaroos."
Several tourists have been attacked in the area around Morisset Hospital, in Lake Macquarie
Lewis, who has witnessed several attacks, added: "They are happy to let you pat them but once they think they can get more food they get aggressive.
"People have been feeding them carrots, corn chips, KFC and McDonald's.
"Tourists are ignoring the warning signs and ended up with nasty scratches and gashes.
"Some of them have been hospitalised. There’s no telling what infections you could end up with.
"A lot of this is social media driven. These people want selfies, the girls come out all dolled up like they’re going somewhere special.
"Little do they know they end up standing around in mud and kangaroo dung."
Shane said tourists come from all over the world.
It means he sometimes has to use a translator app to explain the dangers of getting too close to the kangaroos.
The problem has gotten so bad that a state MP has called for the government to punish those who continue to feed the animals.
Shane has even started collecting photos of tourists' injuries so he can drive home the message.
He said: "Once I show them the photos they usually pull their kids away and put their food away when they know what can actually happen."
Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper also says signs in multiple languages should be put up.
Tour operator Lewis added: "A lot of the people think it’s funny when they hear the kangaroos can be aggressive. Until I show the photos.
"Penalties need to be imposed on the people that want to ignore the signs.
"If people continue to feed them, they will be stopped from coming."