Friday, July 1, 2011

Busting Australian Myths

My grandson Zach feeding a few friendly park Euros. (a small type of scrub roo)

What everyone wants to see, a baby still in the pouch. Yep, thats his feet hanging out above his head, if youre thinking he's too big to be still in the pouch you'd be right...lazy sucker

Me patting and filming at the same time, she's hoping for food which is why she's straining to sense food coming. (she's out of luck...and fat enough already)

The humble Kangaroo, you will have seen the ‘Boxing Kangaroo’ in TV and theater productions but that is far from the norm, sure they will kick the stuffing out of you IF you annoy them long enough, but the Kangaroo is generally a friendly and gentle animal. This makes it a much loved icon of Australia.
Personally I really love the Kangaroo, we’ve raised a few joeys over the years (car crash survivors) and I've had a bit to do with our local wildlife park. They make great pets (believe it or not) and can be house trained quite easily.
Female Roos are always gentle creatures IF you don’t threaten them or corner them. Because they cant move backward they hate being confronted head on where they see no escape route, if you approach them side on so they can leave if they want, you will find they will stay most times.
The males however are a different story, they sense when a female is menstruating and that is their signal for breeding. The problem is that they cant tell the difference between female Roos and females of the human type. Female humans accompanied by male humans are fair game in their eyes and the male human will be challenged and beaten up. (Can you see where I’m going with this?...good, cause I’ll stop here then)
I made the mistake of gently pushing a male Roo off a picnic table we wanted to use one day. Because my wife was on her period he took that as a challenge and proceeded to attack me. Those of us used to handling Roos know that all you have to do is grab his tail and keep moving him slowly backward to prevent him getting the upper hand. Weight for weight I had a few pounds on him but he had great stamina and forced me to drag him around for nearly an hour before I managed to drag him into a toilet block and lock him in. By then I was pretty much knackered.
I never did find out what happened to the next guy that made the mistake of opening that loo…



Mags118 said...

Hi Tempo,
I also love the kangaroo, not too many Aussies that don't. I am jealous you have been able to have a roo around, I would of loved to have had a roo for a pet.

I had to laugh at the thought of the next person opening the toilet door, that would of been one mad kangaroo to deal with, and a hell of a shock for the person as well. LOL.

Symdaddy said...

Funnily enough, whilst on holiday in Australia some years ago I was attacked by a large red roo.

I was on a golf course near Noosa when the thing bounced out of the tree line and spent an energetic minute kicking seven bells out of my golf bag before disappearing back into the trees.

I discovered just how fast I could run that day.

Tempo said...

Hi Mags, They're great animals aren't they, I think that's why the push to use them as meat didn't work... no one wants to eat a friend.
@Symdaddy, Typical isn't it... everyone's a critic. Were you playing that badly?

Pearl said...

What?!!! They can't go backwards? That seems like a joke, but I guess with legs like that...

I know nothing about kangaroos. To this Minnesotan, they look like a combination of a deer and a rabbit. I would love to see one some day.


Neo said...

very interesting, like Sylvester, I see them as large mice and try not to get kicked....
great read!

Windsmoke. said...

You were lucky the Kangaroo didn't rip open your belly with its hind legs because this is the part of the body they attack first in a fight. Being dragged around backwards by your tail for an hour then locked in a toilet makes for a really cranky Kangaroo :-).

Anonymous said...

As for the 'next guy' ah, he wouldn't have needed a laxative.


Tempo said...

You'd love them Pearl, soft fur, big soft eyes and an agreeable disposition... and yes they really cant move backward, cant even walk backward.

@Neo, It's very interesting how the rest of the world see them, I remember that Disney cartoon where a Kangaroo was mistaken for a mouse and kicked the stuffing out of Sylvester, I'm guessing that's where most people were first exposed to the Roo.

@Windsmoke, Yes, you're right, I was lucky to have kept the upper hand with this one. He got more and more agitated trying to hop around in circles to catch me. By the time I got rid of him he was grunting and threatening loudly. (As you know they have to be really pissed to do that)

Hi AV, I was hoping no one opened the loo until the next day, long after he'd cooled his heals.

Starry said...

as an Australian with many American friends, I spend my life trying to assure them that the average Aussie doesn't see kangaroos in their suburban setting. Then I remember the time a kangaroo raced my schoolbus down the street, and the local rangers had to come and catch a kangaroo that was swimming in the canal in the posh section of town. I try to resist sharing these stories as they'd undermine all the work!

Tempo said...

Hi Starry, I'm in Whyalla, central South Australia, although we are around 30,000 people it's not that uncommon to see Roos around the fringes of the town late at night. Just today a small female hopped across the road in from of us just 10km from town at lunchtime. We still have quite a few about...and we love it.
Im also a Geocacher and we decorated a tree far into the bush with glitter, ribbons etc as a 'Fairy Land' theme for my grand daughters first cache. The Roos promptly moved in and live under that tree only since we did the work. I love that they decided the fairy land theme suited them just fine. :-)

Sarah said...

Great! Now I won't be content until I've had a 'roo for a pet! They sound wonderful except for the males and being a female myself I wouldn't want a male beating up my friends all the time :)