A picture of a massive man-sized kangaroo flexing his muscles while hugging a soft toy bunny has gone viral.
Roger, the alpha male kangaroo at the Alice Springs Kangaroo Sanctuary in Australia’s Northern Territory, was given his new friend by a fan.
Sanctuary manager Chris Barnes explained that Roger quickly became attached to the bunny, but soon got tired of it… Or so it seemed. (Scroll through for images and the video.)
Mr. Barnes said:
Roger received the bunny from a fan. I thought Roger would probably like to play with his soft toy.
When I gave it to him he snatched it off me really quickly and proceeded to attack it, giving it a “bear hug” and wrestling it, even hugging it and kicking out as he would do in kick boxing match, he’s an expert kick boxer.
However, Mr. Barnes and his team made the mistake of trying to take the bunny away from Roger. He explained:
After about 10 minutes of not giving up his bunny Roger lost interest in it, but when I tried to take it off him so he tried to attack me instead, which is a daily ritual for us.
Mr. Barnes rescued Roger in 2006, after he found his mother dead on a highway. He said:
Baby kangaroos are often found still alive in the pouches of dead kangaroos out on the roadside.
Being the alpha male of his group, Roger is very protective of his females. Mr. Barnes said:
[He] will attack anyone or anything that gets too close to him or his women.
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