Monday, July 9, 2007

Kangaroo 1



The feet of a Kangaroo I met in Perth, 2005.
Face to Face, by which I mean not in a zoo.

Sweet Dreams Kiddies!

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

How do you do Kangaroo 1! There are more?

Lavender said...

Hi Anon, I have a few more Roo shots from that trip - have to admit before coming to Oz and getting that close to one, I never suspected they had such equipment!
Good for digging Im sure.

Anonymous said...

Ummm errrr, what sort of equipment are you talking about Lavender? *blush* Yes, they have strong claws too :) I've raised a few and they aren't the sort of animal you would want to have against you ... look cuddly though :)

kj said...

ohmygod. ohmygod. i LOVED seeing this. you made my day, lavender.

was this a safe encounter? details please.

:)

Laane said...

Wow, so close!!

Must have been amazing.

Ces said...

For a moment I thought the kangaroo had a giant sliver on it's hind foot. That looks very close indeed. Was it wild and do they only come close to a pretty woman?

Lavender said...

Hi Anon - hehehe, yes they have all kinds of interesting equipment...those coin purses are huge!
Id love to foster a joey, its on the must do list!

Hi KJ - Im happy you enjoyed it! It was a safe encounter, but Im pretty good with animals, I seem to know when they do not want my company, best to leave them alone then, thats for sure!

G'day Laane - I'll never forget it! Thanks for dropping by.

Hey there Ces - yes, that pesky gum leaf is obscuring the hind foots claws. This one let me very close, was totally interested in the green grass. It was so hot over there in mid-summer that I dont think I could have been pretty if I tried LOL Youre a sweetie!

Anonymous said...

I have to tell you my joeys didn't survive until adulthood :( It was their Winter hop outside for an hour which I think made them sick ... too cold and far from their warm pouch in front of a pot belly stove :( They had to be fed every three hours, including during the night like human babies :)

Lavender said...

Oh Anon, that mustve been a heartache, from what I understand they can be delicate that way before they are fully grown. Still thier fate with you was infinately better than with thier 'birth mum' and Im sure they appreciated your helping them.

For anyone who might read that and wonder what I mean by 'better than with thier mums'...
Its a sad fact everwhere in this day and age that many animals are killed by accidents with cars. In the case of animals that carry thier young in a pouch, like Kangaroos do, wildlife carers often take over the responsibility of caring for the orphans, who would otherwise perish along with thier mums.
For more information check out
WIRES -Wildlife Rescue & Education Service

kj said...

more mystery angels.....

Lavender said...

Oh, yeah! KJ, I didnt think of that! :)

Fleur de Lisa said...

I had absolutely no idea that a kangaroo had that. I'm so glad you shared! :-)

Cheers!

Lavender said...

Thanks Lisa, I appreciate your comment. I was very surprised myself!