It's funny. We live adjacent to a woodland area and until recently a family (hop?) of kangaroos would wander into our garden (we don't have boundary fences) poking their noses around. Cute things they are. Although rare, it's not unusual to see a kangaroo bounding down a neighbourhood street. Koalas are more scarcer but we do see them occasionally high in the trees.
So anyhoo, back to the story. Like I said, the odd skippy does go walkabout in the 'burbs. People here are generally fond of the creatures and leave them alone. It's makes me feel almost guilty that right this moment I have kangaroo biltong in my fridge..hey, there's no kudu here ok?! Anyway, I said almost. Click to watch. Below it is the theme music to the 1966 Aussie show, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo.
A Gold Coast father and amateur surfer has put Bondi Rescue, Bondi Vet and Steve Irwin to shame with an early morning beach rescue of a drowning kangaroo.
Neil McCallum, 48, was on a morning walk with his son, Jazz, 15, about 6am on Tuesday along Kirra Beach when a juvenile roo bounded across his path, dived into the surf and started swimming out to sea.
Concerned that two hammerhead sharks had been in the same spot in recent days, the pair kept an eye on the roo until it got caught in a rip.
“A guy came up and said: ‘Gee your dog’s a long way out’,” Mr McCallum said yesterday. “I said: ‘That’s not a dog, that’s a kangaroo’.”
So Mr McCallum, a father of three and a professional circuit speaker, dashed home, grabbed his long board and returned to the rescue.
“It was very frightened by the time I got to it. I grabbed it on the back and it sort of shook me off like a wild animal. So I tried to wrestle him on to my surfboard and he found it difficult to stay on board.”
Eventually he herded the roo into a sand bar where it recovered before bounding away.
Mr McCallum said he’d never seen a kangaroo in the area before, only bush turkeys and, yesterday morning, a koala.
Mr McCallum’s wife, incident on the family video camera and the footage will be shown exclusively on Seven’s Today Tonight this evening.