Tuesday 24 January 2012

The Fox and Kangaroo

The Fox and Kangaroo - does that sound like the name of an English pub in Australia?

Actually, it's nothing to do with pubs.  I was awake in the middle of the night and we had our bedroom blinds tilted to let in the breeze.  I got up and looked out to the street and thought I was seeing things.  In the light of the street lamp I saw a large grey kangaroo slowly heading along the street in front of our house.  It was amazing to see how it used it's tail for moving at such a slow pace.  Behind it was a fox!  It almost looked like the fox was sneaking up behind the roo but I don't think that was the case.  They were just heading down the road together in no particular hurry.  The fox passed the kangaroo just as they were obscured by the shrubs in our front yard. I'm sure I'll never see such a thing again.

The fox was probably doing it's rounds of the area - checking if any of us had forgotten to lock up our chickens.  It reminds me of a time we were visiting friends of Mick's in New Zealand.  At the end of the first day we stayed with them I offered to help Marie with the barbeque dinner and she waved me away saying it wall all under control.  So I offered to lock up her chickens for her.  She looked at me in surprise saying "What for?".  It turned out they didn't ever lock up their chickens.  They didn't need to!  In New Zealand they don't have a problem with foxes taking their chickens.

As for the kangaroo - they have been around the street a bit lately.  Mick has seen one a few times in the morning near the house up the street.  The front yard has several piles of roo poo since Mick removed the front fence up there.  We have areas of crown land around this house and both behind and across the road from the house up the street.  We've seen kangaroos on numerous occasions in our street but not in the middle of the bitumen road. 


Tom and Jan said...

Nothing worse than seeing a kangaroo in the middle of the bitumen road when you're doing 110. All you can say is "Jump... damn you JUMP!"

Elly and Mick said...

Yes, we've had some very close misses. And they do the "deer in the headlights" thing and just stand there frozen!