When I was a kid, one of the TV shows I loved the most was an Australian produced program called Skippy the Bush Kangaroo. It was a lot like Flipper, Champion the Wonder Horse or even Lassie, except the hero animal was a Kangaroo who always managed to save the day. From that time on, in the late 1960s, I have always wanted to see a kangaroo in the wild. Little did I know it would take me over fifty years to fulfill this ambition, but fulfill it I did, in spades.
Not only did I get to see these beautiful creatures, we even interacted with them at a wildlife park. Actually we visited two wildlife parks and the two sets of kangaroos could not have been anymore different, as you can see from this YouTube clip.
I always thought boxing kangaroos was something of a myth, but seeing a couple of young males go at it makes you realise how dangerous a fully grown adult could be.
Of course, any danger Skippy faced would have been solved by whistling up the park ranger in his helicopter. Kid’s TV was certainly sophisticated in those days.
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