When someone mentions kangaroos, an impressive set of pecs and six-pack abs are not usually the first things that spring to mind. But that’s just what has made Roger, a red kangaroo who lives at The Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs, Australia, famous. He’s six-and-a-half feet tall, weighs almost 200 pounds, and his chest is a rippling mass of muscle that would make any gym rat jealous. Roger’s hobbies include kickboxing and crushing metal pails, but he has a sensitive side, too. He’s sometimes seen cuddling a stuffed toy rabbit.
In 2006, Chris “Brolga” Barnes, who runs the Kangaroo Sanctuary, rescued the then-tiny Roger after his mother was found dead on the roadside. At the time, Roger was small enough to fit neatly into Barnes’s folded hands.
In the intervening years, Roger has grown big and strong enough that he could, according to Barnes, disembowel a human with a single kick. His daunting size is perfectly normal for a red kangaroo and the staff at the sanctuary expect him to keep on growing.
Roger and Barnes, along with the other rescued kangaroos at the sanctuary, star in a BBC/National Geographic show called Kangaroo Dundee. The show focusses on the 90-acre wildlife reserve Brolga started in 2009. Fans of Roger can tour the sanctuary or donate online to help keep Roger and his friends well-fed and happy and to help Barnes reach his next goal of building a wild animal hospital at the sanctuary.
Via The Independent