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Images of Canberra – Kangaroos in the park

johnboy 23 November 2008 30

Saw these two this morning trimming the grass in an Ainslie park on Officer Crescent.

Pests I know, but still magical in the right context.

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30 Responses to Images of Canberra – Kangaroos in the park
ultramelon ultramelon 5:06 pm 24 Nov 08

There are always kangaroos outside the science block at my school.
Last week a brown snake decided to join the bush part but ate all the guests

Granny Granny 2:10 pm 24 Nov 08

I’m too old to start eating foreign native beasties now, Gungahlin Al – oh, that’s right – we’re too old!!


willo willo 2:08 pm 24 Nov 08

well they were still eating humans up there in the 1950’s…….

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 2:06 pm 24 Nov 08

outsiders can eat it with the islanders if invited but only the islanders can kill them

What – the outsiders? “You can try it, but then I’ll have to kill you.”


Granny Granny 2:06 pm 24 Nov 08

Good grief!! Surely they’re not allowed to kill the mainland aboriginals!

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 2:05 pm 24 Nov 08

My votes are for possum (New Zealand specialty), wallaby (Tassie), and emu.

Kanga bangers from Coles are near impossible to do well, but the preprepared kanga roast is quite passable, and dirt cheap.

Granny, it’s good for the environment – stuff all methane from roos, and it’s good for human health – lean and the roo is much further removed evolutionarily from humans than the domestic livestock, so the chance of disease like mad cow jumping over to humans is vastly reduced.

On the question of pests, roos are not pests per se. But excess numbers concentrated in certain areas do make those ones pests. Same applies for noisy miners almost everywhere, wombats in some situations, etc etc. Unfortunately the artificial environments we create in our suburbs and farms sometimes create perfect breeding environments for single species – at the expense of all the others…

willo willo 2:02 pm 24 Nov 08

outsiders can eat it with the islanders if invited but only the islanders can kill them…….this goes for mainland aboriginals and other native wildlife as well…..

astrojax astrojax 1:55 pm 24 Nov 08

isn’t there some sort of treaty regulation allows traditional inhabitants of TI to imbibe turtle (and dugongs), but not outsiders, willo?

i wanna second the call to croc. yum.

willo willo 1:21 pm 24 Nov 08

cranky said :

Another vote for sea turtle. One bit will taste like fish, the next like chicken. Great when ‘cooked’ overnight in lemon juice.

yea..not bad but my favourite was one time in torres strait when the islanders butchered a huge turtle then used the shell as a pot on hot coals and made a soup containing the turtle and a host of other seafood….took bout 12hrs to cook and was absolutely beautiful……..

astrojax astrojax 1:14 pm 24 Nov 08

new true blue Zoo Poo

and hooroo to you, too. ooh! roo stew; true, who knew?


cranky cranky 1:05 pm 24 Nov 08

Another vote for sea turtle. One bit will taste like fish, the next like chicken. Great when ‘cooked’ overnight in lemon juice.

Granny Granny 12:58 pm 24 Nov 08

The more dead and disgusting and regurgitated the better for our canine friends, it would seem.

Skippy, on the other hand, is a true lady and would never indulge in such fare.

ant ant 12:52 pm 24 Nov 08

I put wire baskets over the tattered scraps they left, and they’re growing back, but they certainly suffered a set back. Thse are the big silver ones, and I’m quite annoyed. I think they’ve been at the proteas too (leptospermums, I think) but haven’t caught them in the act. Yet.

And roo poo is usless poo, the lawns still need that stuff put on to make them go green. The only beings that get any benefit from it is the dogs, who like to eat it. (there’s a nice thought for lunch time!).

Granny Granny 12:46 pm 24 Nov 08

I agree that it’s incredibly rude to eat one’s convovulus sans invitation. I think you must really consider putting up signs which explicitly forbid such behaviour.

; )

Roo Poo could be the new true blue Zoo Poo perhaps?

ant ant 12:41 pm 24 Nov 08

Plenty of roos, everywhere. You can’t walk on my lawns in bare feet, they’re just carpetted with roo poo (they love lawns). When pickings got slim last autumn though, they et my convovulus which was a bit rude. Gourmet roos. They have also worked out how to navigate the garden stairs.

Granny Granny 12:00 pm 24 Nov 08

I presume you have not seen the Tropic Thunder movie then, Jim Jones?

; )

willo willo 11:56 am 24 Nov 08

na…dugong is VERY fatty….but does have a nice flavour…..sea turtle is not bad either…but you cant go past a freshwater croc as far as tasty wildlife goes…..salties are ok too….

Jim Jones Jim Jones 11:55 am 24 Nov 08

I always thought Panda would taste great. They eat nothing but bamboo shoots, which would be much better than ‘grain fed’, and a big layer of fat would mean that the meat would be really tender and moist; would probably make great crackling too.

Damn, now I’m really hungry.

Granny Granny 11:53 am 24 Nov 08

You should all be ashamed of yourselves! Why don’t you eat ugly but interesting animals such as cows, pigs, chickens and sheep?

Huh? Huh?

What’s your problem, people? What problem exactly do you people have? And why do you people have such a problem? People!!

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 11:48 am 24 Nov 08

Kangaroo is really easy to do badly.
But apparently dugong is quite tasty when cooked well.

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