Welcome to our Sunday Selfie project. Please meet one of our wild male Kangaroos, who has never been handled by a human. Being in the Southern Hemisphere, we have moved into very hot summer weather, so the Kangaroo has his lightweight summer coat on. Kangaroos are marsupials which carry their young in a pouch and can live over 20 years old
This is an Eastern Grey Kangaroo and mum (Michele) looks after about 80 Kangaroos, along with the thousands of other wildlife animals. Although completely wild, Michele can get within a few yards of this male, which is quite close. It is very important to ALWAYS respect that the animal is a wild animal and completely unhandled by humans. When people loose respect for the animal, situations can become very dangerous very fast, due to people getting into the animal’s private space.
Male Kangaroos take around 10 years to become mature. This Kangaroo still has a bit of growing and maturing to do yet, to reach his full potential. Being an urban wild animal is filled with danger, from vehicle strikes to dog attacks. Kangaroos suffer with Myopathy, which is often referred to as “stress disease” , which is often caused after being chased by dogs. The Roo’s muscles freeze like an ice sculpture and never free up again. We only have one hour to inject an IV vitamin before its too late to reverse the damage.
Kangaroos are very sweet natured and quite shy. They have complex family groups and daughters never leave home. All Kangaroos are strong swimmers, but usually only swim when they have to. When cornered by a vicious dog, a Kangaroo will sometimes stop running and turn to face the dog, to fight it. There is also footage of Kangaroos enticing vicious dogs into lakes and then holding the dog underwater to drown it. This is only done to survive.
Hope you enjoyed meeting our Kangaroo. We think he’s a real sweetheart. Don’t forget to join our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop, which stays open all week. Hope to see you back here again. *waves paw* :=o)