Kangaroos Are Mobbing Cities in Australia

Jul 31, 2018

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Kangaroos outnumber humans in Australia about two to one, and now they’re all making their presence known.

Hoards of the marsupials all over Australia’s capital, Canberra, are swarming areas of the city in hopes of finding food in the cold winter Down Under.

The herbivores are low on food this winter due to cold, dry weather, so they’re leaving their more secluded habitats in search of plants to eat. They’re showing up on any grassy area they can find from athletic fields to residential greens to roadsides and crossing the usual territory of human grounds.

There have been sightings all over Canberra, and Twitter user Musafir Namah (@musafirnamah) outlined some sightings. The ‘roos have been “driven to the city’s sports fields, back yards and roadsides,” the user stated.

Not only is this winter’s food scarcity dangerous for the marsupials, but their appearance in suburban, residential areas of Australia has brought upon another threat to the people of Canberra as well as the kangaroos themselves.

No — these aren’t the violent mobs you may be thinking of — kangaroos travel in groups called mobs, which are led by a male ‘roo — but they can still be dangerous.

The threat of the kangaroos has already been reflected in what people are calling the mobs. Some have coined it a ‘roonami,’ which has a nice ring to it. Others, including Twitter user Brent Ford (@brentford26) have opted for ‘roovasion.’

If the kangaroos are in search of food during rush hour, chances are their lives and human lives are at risk. In fact, according to CNN, “many larger cars in country areas have ‘roo bars’ on the front of the vehicle, to act as a breaker for those in the car, should a collision with a rogue kangaroo take place.”

People are also being warned to keep their pets close-by in order to ensure the safety of both the pet and the kangaroo.

Some locals posted kangaroo sightings on Twitter.

Craig Thomler (@craigthomler) saw a few near a railway station.

Jean Kelsey (@immachocoholic) saw a pair on someone’s front lawn.

According to the Australian Capital Territory, kangaroo population is too high currently, and they are considered pests, so culling of the animals is legal.


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