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10 kangaroos that bounced their way into headlines

10. APPARENTLY KANGAROOS AND SNAKE EXPERTS DON'T GET ALONG

RAM Chandra, "the taipan man", came face to face with a boxing kangaroo when he was crating exhibits at the dispersal of Barney McGuire's Belmore Arms Zoo in April 1954.

The zoo was closed to the public following the death of Barney McGuire in October 1953 and Ram Chandra was engaged to crate the exhibits for railing to Sydney and Melbourne.

By the time he came up against the kangaroo, Ram Chandra and his assistant, Alf Hide, had captured two carpet snakes and 60 birds ranging from a wedge-tailed eagle to doves.

Kangaroo tries to KO snake expert

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No Caption Amy Formosa

 

9. THIS ROO HAD ATTITUDE

WHEN a large male kangaroo savagely attacked Robert Franklin in his own backyard in Torbanlea, near Hervey Bay, he thought for sure he would be killed.

The six-foot tall beast clawed at Mr Franklin's face, chest and legs, before knocking him flat on his back.

Man savagely attacked by kangaroo thought he would die

Man savagely attacked by kangaroo thought he would die
Man savagely attacked by kangaroo thought he would die Fraser Coast Chronicle

 

8. IT LOOKS LIKE SPLITTY HAS RETURNED HOME FOR TUCKER

Splitty the Booral kangaroo has come back, and she has brought her new family with her.

Splitty, or "Splits" as she is more formally known, was the only adult survivor of a mass shooting of kangaroos on Wheeley Rd at Christmas.

Residents were horrified by the slaughter of more than 20 animals that had been a beloved part of the neighbourhood for generations before the shootings occurred.

Splits, named after the distinctive notch in her ear, has returned for her daily bread from the Watson's in Booral.

Splitty the roo
Splitty the roo Amy Formosa

 

7. THE TIME SKIPPY HAD A GO AT TAKING THE BOUNCE

A SIX foot tall kangaroo caught players on the hop when it jumped onto N.E. McLean Oval during the Hervey Bay Bombers Aussie rules clash with Across The Waves on Saturday.

The pitch-invading marsupial stopped play for about 30 While kangaroos are often spotted wandering outside the ground, Bombers coach Troy Ignatenko said it was the first time he had seen one jump the fence during play.

Roo bounces onto the field
Roo bounces onto the field

 

6. KANGAROOS DECIDED TO EAT $200,000 WORTH OF CUCUMBERS

KANGAROOS ate $200,000 worth of Carl Walker's cucumbers this season, but the Bowen grower said he doesn't blame them.  

"If I was a kangaroo and I was starving and saw a nice patch of cucumber, I probably would have eaten it too," he said.  

Kangaroos destroy $200,000 worth of cucumbers

Carl Walker
Carl Walker Amy Formosa

 

5. WHEN WE EAT OUR NATIONAL EMBLEM

BOOSTING the country's kangaroo meat export market has the potential to solve both primary production and animal welfare issues in south-west Queensland, according to Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott.

With drought conditions continuing to ravage much of the state, farmers are losing an ever-increasing amount of pasture as the hungry macropods - which are in plague proportions - search for sustenance.

Roo meat export the answer to animal welfare issues: Scott

Roo meat the answer to animal welfare issues
Roo meat the answer to animal welfare issues Amy Formosa

 

 

4. GRANVILLE ROOS GET CHEEKY IN SUBURBIA

WILD kangaroos breeding in suburbia are getting cheekier, causing concern among the residents they have lived
next to for decades.

Granville resident of 24 years, Marianne Jones, remembers the time there was only one small mob and it was a novelty.

Her home backs onto a paddock once used for grazing
cattle.

It is now frequented daily by growing mobs of kangaroos.

Roos run wild in Granville
Roos run wild in Granville

3. WHEN A KANGAROO RECREATED THE FAMOUS T-REX SCENE FROM JURASSIC PARK 


PROVING water and bunkers are not the only hazards on a golf course, an angry territorial kangaroo has chased players down the fairway at Hervey Bay Golf Course.

James Macklin and Connor Reeves were playing the course when a roo spotted the pair in the distance.

As Reeves lines up to take his shot, the kangaroo begins hopping towards the player.

WATCH: Roo chases golfers from Hervey Bay course

A roo chases golfers off the course in Hervey Bay
A roo chases golfers off the course in Hervey Bay Amy Formosa

2. ROCKY VII: RUSTY VS ROO

NURSING a cracked rib and severe gravel rash, cyclist Rusty Hall will need a lot of recovery time before getting back on the bike.

The 77-year-old was knocked off his bike when riding back to Rockhampton, but it wasn't a car that collided with him - it was a kangaroo.

Cracked rib after kangaroo knocks cyclist off bike

Rusty Hall cops a cracked rib after being knocked off his bike by a roo
Rusty Hall cops a cracked rib after being knocked off his bike by a roo Amy Formosa

 

1 SKIPPY BOINGS INTO THE BOYNE RIVER FOR A QUICK DIP

A KANGAROO wasn't doing much skipping this week, while it was spotted swimming across the Boyne River.

During an afternoon fishing trip earlier this week Tegan Annett and Jared Mercer spotted the roo midway across the river.

WATCH: Skippy goes swimming across the Boyne River

 

Skippy goes for a swim
Skippy goes for a swim Amy Formosa

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