Kangaroo

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Kangaroo
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In case you've never seen one..

Roo grazing

There's an Aussie expression if you think someone is a bit loopy - "Aw, you've got kangaroos in yer top paddock mate." (ie the thoughts in your head - top paddock - are bouncing around like a mob of kangaroos). Well, this one was about 180 cm tall (about 6ft) when it stood up, so you'd need a pretty big head. In the Outback the red species can reach up to 215cm (about 7ft) and are formidably strong. A friend of ours was walking her dog along a beach when the dog started to chase a big roo. As they do, the roo grabbed the dog and took it into the sea and started to drown it. Our friend leaped into the water to rescue the dog and the roo turned on her. She was seriously injured, bloodied and bruised, black eye, the lot. The dog survived. Just.

All that said, kangaroos are usually gentle, intelligent and sweet-natured. One hot day another friend was sitting on her verandah, with a few roos resting nearby. It was so hot Peggy began fanning her face with her newspaper. Eventually a roo went up to her, looked her in the eye and licked its wrists (which they do so that the cool moisture gets into the bloodstream). Peggy got the message, licked her wrists and the roo went back to join its mob. True story. Oh, and kangaroo leg bones (found plentifully in the bush) make the best classical and acoustic guitar saddles - dense, hard and vibrant. Hard to cut and sand but well worth the effort.

Les

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