Posted by: jkirkby8712 | February 22, 2012

Tuesday, 21st February 2012 – kangaroos in the national capital.

For the second day in a row, I managed to get some work done out in the back garden. That was after wasting an hour and a bit at the doctor’s surgery – gave up at 12.30 for an 11.30 appointment, when it seemed as though I might be there for a further hour!! Made an early morning appointment for next week decided that my needs could wait!!  Earlier, I’d committed myself to the framed painting that had been for sale in the Ballarat Art Gallery a couple of weeks ago.  Discovered that it was still available, and the price had actually ‘dropped’ by almost $60  –  glad I didn’t buy it on the spur of the moment, when I first saw it! This time I did  –  purchased it over the phone, with plans to collect it next week.

Quite an interesting, almost sad in some ways, wildlife documentary on the ABC tonight – called ‘The Wild Ones: Kangaroo Mob’ –  environmental scientists or ecologists, over the course of one drought-stricken year, follow a mob of kangaroos as they struggle to co-exist with humans in the urban environment of the streets of Australia’s capital city, Canberra.  In a brief synopsis of the program which was the second in a series of Wild Ones natural history documentaries,  ‘we meet the mob of ‘street smart’ kangaroos moving into Australia’s capital city and the ecologists following their every move. Over the course of one drought-stricken year we follow mob leader Black Spot and kangaroo mum Madge with her two young joeys – mischievous Sonny and tiny pouch-bound Alice.  Learning to be an urban ‘roo is tough for little Sonny, who must negotiate busy roads, and avoid cars and dogs in order to find food. When the city announces a kangaroo cull, his life is in serious danger.  Thanks to the latest scientific technology we uncover surprising new animal behaviour whilst delving into the controversial issues that arise when sharing your backyard with a large wild creature  Kangaroo Mob is a warm and entertaining look at what happens when human development encroaches on wildlife habitat and two very different species are forced to co-exist’.

Regarded by many as an Australian icon, these animals can be quite dangerous from the point of view a physical confrontation between a kangaroo and a human, likely to arise in a situation of feeling trapped, or protective towards it’s young when felt threatened, or of course, as a cause of car accidents, either by a vehicle hitting a kangaroo, or more serious, accidents caused by vehicles trying to take divertive action to avoid such a collision. There are quite a few kangaroos and/or wallabies in the Sunbury area, and sadly, between here and the airport, most days one will see a dead kangaroo on the side of the road which has obviously not being street-wise. In the documentary, of the 100 kangaroos that were tagged and studied for the research, 25% of them died as a result of being struck by vehicles on the urban roads that they were forced to frequent. Meanwhile here in Sunbury, in the previous that I lived in, which was within easy walking distance of the town’s central business district, I stepped out my back door one Saturday afternoon, to find a kangaroo ‘mowing’ my lawn for me. It didn’t stay around long, bounded over the back fence into another town property, where it moved even quicker from, when it discovered a dog awaiting its arrival  –  over another back fence, into a neighbour’s backyard, and presumably from there, onto the road, and into the parkland and adjacent walking track area. That would have been a frightening experience for anyone who happened to be walking in that area at the time to be suddenly confronted by a wild and terrified animal trying to get away from humanity  – personally, I would have been happy for it to have stayed around for a while, as my lawn at that stage was in need of a good trimming.

Susie returned from Bendigo this evening, and then, after I’d cooked her a meal, was off again – apparently, Adam’s house mate, Bec, had given Susie a couple of tickets for a show. Don’t who she was going with, but I must say I was a little uncomfortable about her driving to Watergardens, leaving the car there, and catching a train into the city. More concerned about the return trip, which I expected would be after midnight, assuming that she would be on her own by that stage!

Anyway, as planned the other day, I decided to watch a late night SBS movie tonight, began just after 11pm.  A 2008 Czech Republic movie called Tobruk  – told the story during World War II, of a battalion of Czech soldiers, fighting on the side of the Allies, who become involved in the siege of Tobruk, and in so doing, confront horror and hardship in the Libyan desert.  Rated AV15+v  [not quite sure why, worse storylines seem to be on during normal viewing hours, but it was your usual slow moving European film, with odd moments of extreme violence, etc, and scenes which I guess were fairly typical of a soldier’s life during the in-between times, lots of sitting around, waiting for something to happen.  It was based around the story of Jiri and Jan, two Czech soldiers as members of that battalion.  That finished just before 1 am – I would not get to sleep until Susie came home, about 30/40 minutes later I think!!




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