There is nothing in the world that I love more than animals (and music of course). Australia was really great because everywhere I turned, there was a new animal for me to chase around. I’ve been told before (by my band mate, Tyson) that I am like a toddler when I see an animal, because I really do get so excited that I can barely contain myself. Needless to say, when Karen and I saw a kangaroo hanging out on the side of the road I hopped out of the car instantly to see how close I could get.
Let me tell you her story.
When I got out of the car on the side of the road, RooRoo looked at me for a couple seconds before hopping right up to me and letting me cuddle her. Kangaroos are absolutely beautiful animals, and very friendly. Wild Kangaroos like to keep their distance though, so it was very bizarre for her to hop right over to me. We noticed as soon as we saw her that she was a little on the skinny side, looked extremely tired, was constantly panting, and wasn’t grazing for food. I cuddled with her for a little while before I decided to go check out the field near us for more kangaroos.
After checking out the field of other kangaroos, who wouldn’t let me cuddle them, Karen and I decided to head back to RooRoo and say goodbye. Again, she came straight up to me. We hung out with RooRoo for a while and then decided to head back to the car. RooRoo watched me walk a few feet away and then she started hopping after me. She followed me all the way back to the car and kept nudging me. We were actually pretty worried about her because her eyes would barely stay open, and she was leaning on her front little paws. I hung out with RooRoo while Karen headed back to the car to get some water.
As soon as we put the water in front of her she drank it like crazy! She drank almost an entire bottle of water in one go. She instantly started to look a little bit better. She actually stood up straight for the first time since we had been there.
The next day we decided to bring a bucket of water for RooRoo. She was laying on the side of the road, in the same spot as the day before. I wrote “Roo Water” on the bucket, in hopes that anybody coming by wouldn’t throw it out. Again, RooRoo drank like crazy.
We called the wildlife care centre about RooRoo to see if they could help her in any way. It turns out; she was hit by a car a few months before. She is friendly with humans because the residents had started to feed her. This is the WORST thing to do for any wildlife. Now, RooRoo doesn’t know how to take care of herself. She has forgotten how to “graze” for food and now she relies on humans. Apparently, the best thing we could have done was given her the bucket of water. She was severely dehydrated, and wasn’t able to make it far enough to a natural water source.
(Ignore the “Skippy” comment. I think RooRoo is way better)
The wildlife care centre said we did everything that we could for RooRoo and that they were going to keep an eye on her. I’d like to think Karen and I saved RooRoo. It was a magical moment that I shared with this little creature. They are such sweet, loving, cuddly, hoppy animals and it makes my heart skip a beat when I think of RooRoo asking us for help.
I will update you on RooRoo as much as I can, as Karen is going to check on her lots over the next couple of weeks.