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andromeda_eats
31-10-04, 11:34
Just saw the first victim on the highway. It might sound like Im exagerrating, but in summer you cant drive 100 metres without seeing a dead kangaroo. Every 100 metres. They are piled up by the road. Im not joking.
Australia is in a horrendous drought, and once it dries up really bad the Roos have to venture out onto the road for food, and unfortunately the poor things dont stand a chance against a car travelling at 80 kms. It has begun.

Just thought I would share my morbid story with you all. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

Suzan
31-10-04, 14:06
really?? that's awful.. well, in Finland we have lots of dead foxes etc. dead in the middle of the road, but kangaroo.. it's kinda, eh, different thing. it's so big that it's a risk for the driver too, not only for the poor roos.
...btw, it was so weird u wrote "in the summer" as we are gettin the cold winter here soon.. :D

larasfrend
31-10-04, 15:44
Exactly, it's winter here. :mad:

Poor roos! :( I love Aussie animals! Especially big fat cuddly koalas, I got a picture of me as a little kid hugging a huge koala in a zoo- I think in Melbourne and me being absolutely terrified of it. :D But kangaroos are just as cute. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

tazmine
31-10-04, 15:51
That's really sad, AE. It must be dangerous for drivers too, isn't it? How much does the average roo weigh?

andromeda_eats
31-10-04, 20:44
Its terribly dangerous for drivers. A male roo weighs a lot. They are huge. Cars get written off from hitting kangaroos. They usually venture out late at night, and most drivers are a bit slack when driving at night from fatigue. Its a dangerous combination.

I remember driving home from Sydney last year at 3am and hitting two wombats, two wallabies and missing three kangaroos by an inch. Its absolute bedlam.

Lemmie
31-10-04, 20:49
Why don't they fence the roads like they have in some areas of the UK and USA? Obviously here in 'dashed splendid Britain' we don't have any problems on quite that scale, only in areas of nature protection and national parks. And it would only have to be on major roads, which (obviously I don't know and please correct me if I'm wrong, which hardly ever happens, but anyway) as far as I know there aren't too many of?

andromeda_eats
31-10-04, 20:57
Im not being rude or sarcastic Lemmie http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif , but here is a map of Australia. http://www.pivotalecosystems.org/topography%20of%20australia.jpg

The red parts are where people live. The rest is desert and kangaroos. Can you see that it would be impossible? Roos are pests, not protected animals. We are shooting them because they keep drinking water and we need to save it for us. Highways have nothing on either side, just stretches of bush for miles and miles. Highways cut through the bush which is where roos live. Technically we are in their space. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

btw, I know this a topgraphy map and not a population map, but you get the idea.

[ 31. October 2004, 21:59: Message edited by: andromeda_eats ]

Lemmie
31-10-04, 21:01
Yeah, I suppose, I have heard that they are pests I forgot about that. I have never been to Australia (although I would really love to go) so I suppose I couldn't really get the point of view. Is still hate the idea of 'kangaroo cullings' as it's known but if it's necessary...

Still, at least you can avoid them if possible, eh? http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

andromeda_eats
31-10-04, 21:07
I am encouraging the cullings. It is done in a humane way. The roos will die of starvation anyway which is slow and painful. Water is just too precious to waste on kangaroos. :(

Draco
31-10-04, 21:11
I remember reading about the Road Trains in Australia that had bumpers like old locomotives had to move cows off the tracks. All to plow through Kangaroos.

andromeda_eats
31-10-04, 21:16
Morning Eric. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

Its legal in NSW to have bumper bars for the country boys, and they dont even try and miss the roos, infact most of the younger boys attempt to hit them. But in the ACT bumper bars are illegal. So basically the roos plow through our cars.