The kangaroo menace comes to Garran

johnboy 10 March 2009 43

The Canberra Times brings word that a huge kangaroo has broken into a Garran house and terrorised the residents before being wrestled into submission by the man of the house.

    The suburb of Garran backs on to a reserve but the Beman and Ettlin house, which they have only been in for three weeks, is a few streets back and surrounded by 3m fences.

    ”We do think there are too many kangaroos in the residential areas if it is becoming intrusive like this,” they said.

UPDATED: The Kangaroo Menace has now gone global. Spare a thought for all the foreign news service writers in the press gallery, who’ve been dutifully filing never-read reports on Australian politics and the economy, finally getting a story published and it’s this one.


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I-filed I-filed 10:36 pm 11 Mar 09

Picking up from the ‘astroturfing’ reference on the Mikado post – how about the nasty Bonds company’s PR merchants busted here by Crikey:

“Kangaroo PR gift for Pac Brands. We’re a suspicious lot at Crikey, so when a plethora of news stories broke out about a kangaroo home invasion in Canberra, many of which prominently mentioned that the hero home defender was wearing nothing but Bonds underpants, we suspected a PR stunt. If so, it was successful. Media Monitors tells us the story has had six radio and 80 television mentions, as well as appearing in print and online. It wouldn’t be the first time the media has been taken in by too-cute-for-words stories that turned out to be attempts at viral advertising. Our suspicions escalated when we noted that Pacific Brands, makers of Bonds undies and in the news because of their move offshore, had just hired a new PR firm, Cato Counsel. So we rang Cato and asked the question, and were given an absolute, blanket denial. Not a PR stunt. Nothing to do with PacBrands. Just a gift. At the ABC note this classic comment from 702 Sydney’s Adam Spencer yesterday: “Finally some good news for the Pacific Brands corporation”. Right. PR anyone? — Margaret Simons”

Granny Granny 11:44 am 11 Mar 09

Front page news, eh? Geneva must be a happening place!

Scribble Scribble 10:36 am 11 Mar 09

Apparently, Mr Ettlin was born in Swizterland.

p1 p1 9:49 am 11 Mar 09

I just heard from a friend that this story made front page news in Geneva, Switzerland.

I mean for f%#ks sake!

Granny Granny 10:56 pm 10 Mar 09

I just ride my dropbear.

poptop poptop 10:08 pm 10 Mar 09

I’ll need to dig out my story about my brother being a Roo Fence Boundary Rider and brush it up for my international friends.

The part were it is explained that the locals refer to Roos as “rabbits” ensures some great Google outcomes.

Good times!

SheepGroper SheepGroper 8:43 pm 10 Mar 09

Only the lower classes ride their roos to work, the upper classes ride in carriages pulled by a team of roos.

Noisewater Noisewater 7:14 pm 10 Mar 09

Hells_Bells74 said :

Caught the TV story on one of those morning shows this morning, slightly better presenting.

Went through the glass and all, answers my previous question, dunno why I didn’t think that. Doh! Was only being funny 😛

Would’ve been a shock and all… probably not quite as shocking as the mind of that journalist come Sentence Butcher Sarah!

Yeah crashing thru a bedroom window at night generally means thru a screen. What a tool! Of course it would be glass.

What a well-written amusing, quirky story of a freak incident.

Congrats to the journalist that has brought us this story that has gone international and that has probably got all ignorant foreigners thinking we ride roos to work/school again.

Love it!!!

hellspice hellspice 1:14 pm 10 Mar 09

“I had just my Bonds undies on. I felt vulnerable,” he said, referring to a popular Australian underwear brand. .

instead he turned out invincible !

Granny Granny 10:20 am 10 Mar 09

BenMac said :

Ninja’s indeed.

It kind of makes you wonder what they put in the tourist brochures, doesn’t it?

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 10:03 am 10 Mar 09

Caught the TV story on one of those morning shows this morning, slightly better presenting.

Went through the glass and all, answers my previous question, dunno why I didn’t think that. Doh! Was only being funny 😛

Would’ve been a shock and all… probably not quite as shocking as the mind of that journalist come Sentence Butcher Sarah!

BenMac BenMac 9:07 am 10 Mar 09

They just had the guy on the Today Show.

I feel sorry for his kid. He just wanted to tell his dad to shut up.

Ninja’s indeed.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 7:53 am 10 Mar 09

Funny carton in the CT today, with Rudd and Wong in a bed of coal, and Garnaut the rampaging roo bouncing on their bed – “I thought you had that one culled” says Rudd…

Granny Granny 12:02 am 10 Mar 09

I have been wanting a cow to fall through my roof for some time. Some people have all the luck!

Pickle Pickle 11:48 pm 09 Mar 09

Still, despite the trashy reporting, a cornered frightened roo could hurt you quite badly…

Wonder who had the bigger fright, the roo leaping thru the reflection of an escape route, or the family in the looking glass?

proofpositive proofpositive 11:34 pm 09 Mar 09

STOP PRESS: Canberra Kangaroo goes global: http://shuurl.com/E3039

utah utah 9:04 pm 09 Mar 09

Granny said :

Bonds hero: Do you expect me to talk?
Kangaroo: No, Mister Bond, I expect you to die ….

That is gold.

gun street girl gun street girl 7:39 pm 09 Mar 09

fabforty said :

I was surprised though that there wasn’t a huge plug for Mr Ettlin’s restaurant.

“Mr Ettlin” (probably a fake name) has likely relocated and entered the witness protection program by now, hence the lack of publicity. You really can’t be too careful with those menacing roos…

I-filed I-filed 7:34 pm 09 Mar 09

fabforty said :

I really can’t decide who I think is more ridiculous – this couple or the so-called “journalist” that recounted their crap.

Do give Sarah Parkes credit by name … she deserves it! :]

old canberran old canberran 6:39 pm 09 Mar 09

It’s nice to see you getting a real buzz out of this thread Granny. I think it’s hilarious. Can’t wait to see the movie.

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