|Obviously not the kangaroo in question, but|
don't be fooled by their cuteness, they're quite fast!
Monday, June 2, 2014
A Chance Encounter
I was skyping with my family this morning and my Aunt stopped by so she stuck around to chat. In the course of our conversation she asked if there were a lot of koalas in my area. I told her that there were some, and that Dick (the man I'm house sitting for) had told me he'd seen one once in the park where we walk the dogs. He said that it was more common for the dogs to find a kangaroo and run off chasing it, than it was for me to see a koala (being as their mostly nocturnal and all). We went to the park this evening, as usual, and set off around the loop. Not long into the walk they both went running off into the woods, which isn't all that unusual, when suddenly, I heard this strange thumping noise behind me. I'd never heard such a sound before and I turned around to see a rather large kangaroo hopping extremely fast through the woods and heading straight towards me! There was a fence behind me, so I took a few steps backwards so that it could run up the path towards the field without me being in the way. I wasn't sure if a kangaroo being chased by dogs would feel threatened by a person standing still, but thankfully it steered clear of me. The dogs weren't far behind it and they all went barreling through a break in the fence and into the field.
It all happened so fast and was quite shocking. I feel as if that was some sort of Australian initiation rite or something, either way, it's way better than a chance encounter with a shark, or heaven forbid a spider or snake. Well, that was my excitement for the day - cheers!