Sunday, June 7, 2009


...As in Macropus Rufus, or as their friends call them Mr & Mrs Red Kangaroo.

Red Kangaroos are, as I am sure you are already aware, native to most of Australia with the exception of the rain forest and certain places in the south. Their cousins Grey Kangaroo (Eastern and Western) and Antilopine Kangaroo take up residency in those areas.

As wikipedia describes, their legs work like snapping rubber bands allowing them to travel over 30 ft in one bounce. I have never been able to find out how high they can jump, most people just say "really high."

Every night a mob of Red Kangaroos emerge from the national forest, breaking through our boundary fence and come to graze in our paddocks.

The darkness of the night does allow for easy viewing. Often you will suddenly hear a "thud... thud... thud" and you know it is a kangaroo bouncing along its way... or it's an alien looking to make a fresh abduction.

A couple times we grabbed a bright torch (flashlight) and quietly walked down the driveway listening for any thump or rustle when we switch on the torch and the kangaroo takes the spotlight.

I can hear what you are saying, won't Mr & Mrs Kangaroo get scared and punch us with boxing gloves?

Well technically they rest on their tails and then kick out, but I have not yet seen a pair of boxing gloves... maybe they keep them in their pouch next to their baby?

Now I must make a disclaimer, I don't really know if the evening visitors are actually Red Kangaroos or Western Grey Kangaroos. Maybe I should have worked that out before telling you all about them?

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