Some of the Australian capital’s frostiest and driest wintertime weather on record has sent mobs of kangaroos hopping into town from the surrounding countryside in search of food.
Very little rain around Canberra during June and July has left hardly any fresh vegetation for the marsupials to eat. So the few remaining green lawns, sports fields and schoolyards in the city have proven to be irresistible to the roos.
A lone kangaroo halted play twice at a soccer field during a National Premier League match in Canberra.
Veterinarians in Australia believe they know why an increasing number of eastern gray kangaroos have been observed staggering as if drunk and dying across Victoria’s rural landscape.
The experts from the University of Melbourne say the animals could be suffering from the effects of eating new shoots of phalaris grasses, also known as canary grass.
The imported strain has been popular with some farmers even though it can cause similar symptoms in livestock, especially sheep.
Vets say that since there is no cure, the kindest thing to do is to euthanize the suffering marsupials. One of the affected roos can be seen bounding almost uncontrollably across a field.
Poachers Tried to Kill Rhinos in South African Reserve. Instead, a Pride of Lions Killed Them.
A pride of hungry lions in a South African reserve just saved the day, at least for a herd of rhinos. The poachers, who had illegally entered that reserve with a gun and axe to kill those rhinos, were not so lucky.
The big cats mauled and killed at least two — possibly three — poachers, leaving behind just their bloodied and partly-eaten body parts, according to news reports.
The illegal entrance and subsequent mauling attack happened at the Sibuya Game Reserve sometime between Sunday night (July 1) and Monday morning (July 2), according to a statement by the reserve.
Kangaroo Cull – Australia
Several nature preserves around the Australian Capital Territory will be closed from late afternoon until dawn through Aug. 1 so as many as 2,000 eastern gray kangaroos can be killed.
Officials say an overabundance of the marsupials can have a devastating impact on the local environment.
But the cull has been denounced by animal-rights advocates who say the killing is cruel, and the methods used often cause the animals to suffer.