Kangaroos are large marsupials, found only in Australia. They are characterized by muscular tails, strong back legs, large feet, short fur and long, pointed ears. Their current population is around 60 million according to Australian Wildlife Society News.
People often come into contact with them as urban areas encroach on their habitat. So it’s no shock to Aussies to see them just about everywhere. What is shocking though, is to see a 200+ pound six-foot-five kangaroo taking a bath in your grandma’s creek.
Jackson from Perth was walking his dog when he sighted the animal at around 11:30 am and he shared the whole story on Facebook:
“I have been going to that creek since I was a little boy and there have always been kangaroos on the property. I was walking my dog and we saw this huge roo standing in the water. Never have I seen a kangaroo standing in the water like that, we could just see his head at first, and he was one of the biggest I have ever seen.
“As I ran around him to take a picture he came closer and that was when I realized he was coming right at me and he was really big. I am pretty confident around animals but the moment when he started to come out of the water my heart definitely jumped and I decided to take a few steps back. He looked to be at least two metres (6ft 5in) tall, or taller, and must have weighed at least 100 kg (16st).”
“He had a really big body and was taller than me. There are a lot of roos at my grandma’s place but I have never seen one that muscular before – he was a big macho male. I decided to get Dharma out of there as we thought the kangaroo was going to lure him into the water to drown him.
“His claws were really big – they were as long as my hand. That for me was even scarier than his muscles, they looked nasty. I have never seen a kangaroo be so defensive – it definitely looked like he was puffing his chest muscles up. I definitely wouldn’t like to take him on in a boxing match.”
Kangaroos are docile herbivores, but they look very intimidating, especially when they take their boxing stance. So if you see one, you better run for dear life, especially if he’s bigger than you.
So next time when you get scared by a random stray dog, be thankful it’s not a 200 pound chiseled beast with Wolverine claws.