What if you woke up one morning to see two kangaroos fighting it out on the street right at the end of your driveway. What would you think?
“I must be in Australia!” That’s what.
Australian Rodney Langham caught the kangaroo battle in this video on his cell phone last week. While to those of us who reside north of the equator, the site of two kangaroos making like a pair of UFC fighters on an otherwise quite suburban street may seem bizarre, apparently this is just another day Down Under.
Mainly thanks, one imagines, to non-Australians who’ve never seen anything like an impromptu kangaroo fight before, this video has been making the viral rounds, with more than 40,000 YouTube views on the original posting, and thousands more on reposts and copies.
There are lots of odd things about The Land Down Under — kangaroo fights are just one of them. For example, did you know that Australia was once home to the world’s largest population of feral camels (the government now has the wild camel problem pretty much under control)?
Or that a former Prime Minister of Australia held the world record for beer swilling: 2.5 pints in 11 seconds?
Or that another Prime Minister once took a swim in the ocean — and vanished forever?
There are plenty of cool things about Australia as well. Australia was the second country in the world to extend voting rights to women, in 1902 (the first was neighboring New Zealand). The city of Melbourne is considered the world’s most livable urban metropolis. The world’s first seat-belt law was passed in Australia — in 1970.
And then there are fighting kangaroos.
Kangaroos mainly fight to defend territory and establish the alpha male, or top kangaroo, in a pack. They are incredibly strong animals, so if you ever see a kangaroo fight, as in this video, by all means film it on your phone — from a distance.
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