Kangaroos

Kangaroos

Before my friend went to Australia for a vacation, I asked her to bring me back a kangaroo.  She looked at me oddly and said that she haven't even seen one during the times that she was there before.  Are kangaroos not as prevalent as we are taught in our countries to believe they are?

 


No they are not. Funny I

No they are not. Funny I have a friend who lives in America and she had the same idea that Australian cities and streets are full of Kangaroos jumping around. You will only see a Kangaroo in bush land. Some of the outer city suburbs are known to have some show up in the streets. I wonder why people always think this about the Kangaroo in Australia?

I guess they think that as

I guess they think that as when ever you hear of austrialian in commercials you always see a image of  a Kangaroo.

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Thats true. Quantas for instance does so. I guess I better rethink my plans regarding Australia

Andre

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Did you know that the

Did you know that the Kangaroo got it's name when European explorers first saw these strange hopping animals they asked a native Australian (aborigine) what they were called. He replied "kangaroo" meaning "I don't understand" your question. The explorers thought this was the animal's name. And that's how the kangaroo got its name...Interesting way to get a name. I am an Australian and I didnt know this.Surprised

tay wrote: And that's how

tay wrote:

And that's how the kangaroo got its name

Hm. At least it didn't affect the name of the country. The other day I was watching a Globe Trekker DVD about chile. Despite the fact that the DVD wasn't that great, it was at least funny in some parts.

The guys said Chile was named Chile because of the funny sound a bird made that sounded like chile chile. Who knows. I guess its an urban legend. 

Andre

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There are none in the

There are none in the cities, but in the bush there are hundreds of thousands of them. It's funny the effect that advertising and movies can have :)

I am wondering if they end

I am wondering if they end up on the dinner plates of Aussies? How about it? Do you eat them? I think I have seen Kangaroo Tail soup before.

Andre

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It is not common, however

It is not common, however it a growing trend. Kangaroo meat is very lean, and is quite delicious. It is mainly available at tourist areas (such as the restaurant at the top of Centerpoint tower), however some butchers are now stocking Kangaroo Steaks.

I have not heard of the soup!

Sounds like something I

Sounds like something I need to try one day. I have eaten Alpaca before, but it was nothing special. Very lean too, but only good as a grilled like a steak. Otherwise it would have some strong funny taste.

Andre

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some farmer told me you can

some farmer told me you can only eat the tail, because the other meat is full of worms or tire marks...

Tire Marks? I wasn't aware

Tire Marks? I wasn't aware that those guys would cook road kill.

Andre

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you cant see them during

you cant see them during the day because they hide in some shady places and only come out before night or early in the morning - thats bad becuse you cant see brown animals on brown ground very well at this time, so its just an accident or the roo wants to commit suicide. happend to me once: they where next to street doing nothing and when i came closer they started to jump ON the street! at some parts you see a dead one ever km or so, sometimes also dead cows or horses.

the other day some large bird (maybe 1.5m wingspan) was eating a dead kangaroo on a street and it tried to fly away with this whole animal - then it gave up and just tried to escape without the meat, but i hit the bird with my side mirrow. to bad im an animal lover and dont eat them :)

oh, and the tire mark was only a joke, but here is a picture anyway: Kangaroo Hit

You can eat Kangaroo meat

You can eat Kangaroo meat over here. But I havnt tried it. I dont think I would like to actually. I have been told it taste a lot like chicken.

LOL. Have you noticed that

LOL. Have you noticed that whoever you ask how something strange tastes, the answer is always "like chicken". People tell me that frog legs taste like chicken and a whole lot of other things too. I wonder why that is. When people are told to describe a taste its always "like chicken".

Andre

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tay wrote:You can eat

tay wrote:
You can eat Kangaroo meat over here. But I havnt tried it. I dont think I would like to actually. I have been told it taste a lot like chicken.

You can eat it, but if it is not cooked right, it tastes too tough and a little gamey. Also, there are some areas of Aus where you can see whole  paddocks of them. You just need to be where they are.

While in Victoria recently

While in Victoria recently we stayed in a resort at a golf Course in Barooga the kangaroo's where there by the dozens. You could see them during the day but once dusk hit there where hundreds. They tend to destroy the gold course  a lot by eating the grass but there isnt a lot that can be done to keep them out. We went 4 Wheel driving while we where there and came up close with some big Kangaroos. Here is a picture we took of one close up. Kangaroo's on the MurreyKangaroo's on the MurreyIt actualy has a joey if you look carefully.

I was taken to a golf

I was taken to a golf course outside of Melbourne because it is the most reliable place to see kangaroos.  I asked the guide what happened if you hit one with your golf ball.  Without blinking an eye she said, "Two-stroke penalty."

Kangaroos

I always thought that Australia had all kinds of Kangaroos. It just seems that they are always in your mind when thinking about Australia.

There was a major scandal

There was a major scandal years ago when an Australian company put kangaroo meat in with the beef and sold it to McDonald's in America.

Kangaroos, by the way, are huge.  I wouldn't bet on the car if you hit one.  You might run over a wallaby, but not a kangaroo.

cindy wrote:

cindy wrote:

There was a major scandal years ago when an Australian company put Kangaroo meat in with the beef and sold it to McDonald's in America.

Hahaha, so chances are I have already had a Kangaroo Burger. It's hard to keep up with all the recent scandals. E-Coli bacteria in the cheese at Taco Bell, E-Coli in the frozen Burger Patties everywhere, Spinach that makes you sick in the Supermarkets. Cows are mad, pigs have pestilence and chicken the flu.

Is there ANYTHING I can have that doesn't make me sick.

Oh, sorry that was off topic I guess. At least Kangaroo doesn't make me sick.

 

We make such a strong

We make such a strong association because the Australians use the kangaroo as their symbol on just about everything.  The owner of the cafe where I am using the internet just got back from Perth, and there is a kangaroo on the T-shirt he's wearing.

Talking about Kangaroo's

Talking about Kangaroo's this morning we drove down the street from our place and what happened to jump straight out in front of us was a massive kangaroo. It was on a main road outside a school with morning traffic and school kids every where. Weird. So you can find them in the city on occassions.

Kangaroo

A kangaroo is a marsupial from the family Macropodidae (macropods, meaning 'large foot'). In common use the term is used to describe the largest species from this family, the Red Kangaroo, the Antilopine Kangaroo, and the Eastern and Western Grey Kangaroo of the Macropus genus.

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Harry