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4 April 2012 / leggypeggy

Kangaroos—our moving obstacles

A roo on the move

Australia has no shortage of kangaroos.

We live in Canberra, the national capital. Our suburb is about 3 kilometres from the centre of town, but at least once a year we get a roo or two bouncing into the park in front of our house.

One morning a few years ago, I opened the bedroom curtains and was greeted by a large grey roo standing in our driveway.

So the other day, I wasn’t surprised to see plenty of warning signs and plenty of kangaroos on our drive out of the Grampians. We left our campsite not long after sunrise—roos are most active at dawn and dusk—and the critters were out in force.

A field of roos

They were in the fields, on the sides of the road, on the road and crossing the road. The only options are to drive slowly and stay alert. Poor John was driving on this morning, and I made him stop too many times so I could snap a few pics to share.

It took about 40 minutes to drive out of the Grampians and I think, in that time, we saw more than 1000 kangaroos.

As an aside, if you hit a kangaroo—and plenty of people do—the damage bill will surpass $2000.

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  1. Steve Favinger / Apr 4 2012 3:44 am

    Heard a while back about a person that called the state roads dep’t. and wanted them to move the ‘deer crossing’ signs because there were too many deer getting hit where they were crossing at the present time.


    • leggypeggy / Apr 4 2012 9:25 am

      I’m glad I didn’t have to answer that call!


  2. Steve Favinger / Apr 4 2012 10:23 am

    Hey Peggy. What is the correct term for a group of roos?



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