Today is Canberra Day, which means a public holiday for people in the Australian Capital Territory. It seems like a good day to share the latest Canberra kangaroo video to make the world news!
Every so often a kangaroo story from this city “goes viral” – a consequence of our city being the “Bush Capital”, and of a kangaroo population explosion that means you see them jumping around the streets.
This time, it’s a Canberra paraglider who landed, only to be attacked by a passing eastern grey kangaroo. Watch the video – I love how he says hello to it, only to be attacked. He changes his tune very fast!
Bonus Story: this kangaroo in a standoff with a dog last week, five minutes’ walk from here!
We have a serious kangaroo issue around Canberra. There are even dead kangaroos (hit by cars) on the grounds of Parliament House.
This is the grass around the Royal Australian Mint (where Australia’s money is made). Every time we go past – day or night – there seem to be more kangaroos than the time before.
I’m always stunned to see people in other parts of Australia getting excited when they see a kangaroo in the wild for the first time. They need to come to Canberra! Many of us find them in our own gardens!
It has been a hot day for the last day of summer. We had lunch in Queanbeyan, just over the New South Wales border, and stopped at the cemetery on the way home. There was an aeroplane flying really low over the graves just before (Canberra Airport is nearby), but all my pictures were so bad!
Beneath that is a blurry from-the-car picture of some of the gazillion kangaroos around here. This is what plenty of our suburbs look like. Yes, Canberra has a serious kangaroo issue!
Saturday was the second anniversary of my Ukrainian grandmother’s death. We dropped by the cemetery, left flowers, and then I looked up and realised we were surrounded by kangaroos! Everywhere we looked, there were more.
I did take a video of them jumping through, but I haven’t uploaded them anywhere yet.
Driving from Canberra to Queanbeyan on Friday afternoon. Those are “watch for kangaroos” signs, but you can’t really see them in this picture.
Just another shot out the car window from Canberra to Queanbeyan. We have a kangaroo plague here, and because they have now installed solar panels in the paddocks the kangaroos used to live in, they are running out of farms to invade! Poor things.
This picture is nothing special, but I was pretty impressed I got a shot of the highway sign from the low back seat of the car!