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"Grieving kangaroo" photographs go viral worldwide

EVAN Switzer's photographs appearing to show a grieving kangaroo family have gone viral around the world.

Mr Switzer shared his touching photographs and first-hand account of a male kangaroo clutching the dead mother of a Joey with the Fraser Coast Chronicle on Wednesday.

Since then, Mr Switzer's phone and emails have been running hot.

RELATED: What was that 'grieving roo' really doing?

He has not had a lot of sleep with calls and emails coming through from media outlets right across Australia and the rest of the world.

"I have heard from London, Germany, Italy, the USA and Netherlands," Mr Switzer said.

"It brought a lot of people to tears," he said.

One of Evan Switzer's photos that went viral after he shared his story with the Fraser Coast Chronicle
One of Evan Switzer's photos that went viral after he shared his story with the Fraser Coast Chronicle Evan Switzer

After featuring on the front page of the Chronicle on Wednesday, the photograph made the front page of the Courier Mail on Thursday.

"It has really been overwhelming just getting phone calls from someone in London," Mr Switzer said.

"It is my claim to fame," he said with a laugh when he caught up with the Chronicle on Thursday.

Mr Switzer said he was glad the world had picked up on his photos to show 'another life to kangaroos.'

"Every animal has feelings, it is great to show this all over the world," he said.

"You never expect to see it in your own backyard."

RELATED: 10 kangaroos that bounced their way into headlines

Mr Switzer, who is part of the Hervey Bay Camera Club, had his first night for the year on Wednesday, but he didn't spend much time with his club.

"I spent more time on the phone answering calls from all over the world," he said.

Mr Switzer said he first got into photography more seriously after his mate from Adelaide got him hooked a few years ago. 

To say thank you for sharing his story, Mr Switzer gave the Fraser coast Chronicle exclusive access to his photo of the kangaroos called 'the last kiss'

Topics:  fraser coast, grieving, kangaroo, nature, photographs, river heads, viral



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