Bob and Me

I came face-to-face with my first kangaroo…

Australia 094…at Tower Hill State Game Reserve outside of Warnnambool, Victoria.  He was about 20 feet away from me.  I didn’t purposely get close to him — I believe in giving wildlife a wide berth — but he appeared and kept hopping closer and closer to me.  The photo isn’t exactly crisp because I think I was shaking a little.  He was huge, a bit more than intimidating and I’d heard that they had a nasty kick.  But after I snapped his pic, he turned and hopped away.  I can imagine the conversation in the kanga colony: “There’s another tourist.  Bob, it’s your turn to go out and pose for a photo.  Someone has to go or she’ll never go away.”

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Tower Hill is a dormant volcano (last eruption: about 30,000 years ago) that became the state of Victoria’s first national park in 1892.  We just took a quick drive through it late one afternoon but now — after reading all the info on it after the fact — I wish we had spent more time there.  They have guided nature walks (during the day and at night) that explain the habitat in the context of the lifestyles of the original aboriginal inhabitants.  There was also an information center run by the Worn Gundidj Aboriginal Cooperative, that provides information about the area’s aboriginal heritage.

After I met Bob, we came across dozens more kangas.  I’m closing with another kangaroo pic, because the joey is so awwww.

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12 Responses to Bob and Me

  1. I wouldn’t want to get too close!

  2. Wow! I think I’d be shaking too!

    • It wouldn’t have been so bad if he hadn’t kept coming toward me. I think he was trying to intimidate me. And he succeeded (although not to the extent that I stopped taking photos of him).

      • He probably recognized you as junk-food source. We had a memorable encounter with wild turkeys at Zion National Park once: what looked like a charming group of turkeys off in the brush suddenly began moving at us, slowly in a round about way, definitely LOOKING at us. Menacing–even with flightless birds!

      • I think I’d be more freaked out by a bunch of marauding wild turkeys than a kangaroo.

  3. That first one looks a bit crazed! But the joey is adorable!

  4. Kathie Shattuck says:

    Poor Bob! Have to say, the glowy eyes DO make him appear pretty demonic. Not something I would want to run into in a dark alley.

  5. nerdtrips says:

    I also always give wildlife a wide berth! Twenty feet still seems pretty close – I think kangaroos can be pretty fast.

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