The Karen Files

Real Australia Part III

Well, I know some people have been complaining that there are no pictures (mom) so you will be happy to know that today there will be two pictures. And hopefully I will upload new pictures to my flickr account soon, and video to my youtube account before I leave Karen and Cliff’s house tomorrow. But first, a bit of talk.

Yesterday I went to a wildlife sanctuary – actually it was just a house where a woman and her son and husband take in injured or orphaned animals and nurse them back to health until they can be re-introduced into the wild, or a suitable home can be found for them. It was awesome – I went into the house and the first thing I saw were kangaroos hopping around EVERYWHERE. There were four or five in the living room, eating hay and chilling out (the woman’s son was feeding one of them a bottle), and there were a few more in the kitchen, and still more in an outdoor enclosure connected to the house. I got to pet them (they are incredibly soft, even the adult ones) and I got to experience the joy of stepping in ‘roo poo’.

If you look closely at the picture above, you can see that the kangaroo in the back has a little joey hanging out of her pouch. Aren’t they adorable?

So anyway, I was a bit jealous that I found out that my sister Cheryl and her family got a pair of adorable pet bunnies. It got me thinking that I needed to top it. Someway. Somehow. I wondered, what can I get that hops, is cute, but is somehow better than a pair of bunnies?

VOILA! I have adopted a baby kangaroo. He will be coming with me on the remainder of my Australian vacation, and I will be taking him back with me on my plane ride. I think for now he can stay in the spare bedroom at my dad’s house. I can take him for walks and stuff, and when he gets a bit bigger he can stay in the patio. His name is Spike, and I’ll be getting him one of those spiked collars. I figure he’d be good to keep out intruders and such… when he gets a bit bigger of course. Here is the first adoption picture:

This is the end of my ‘Real Australia’ series, since I will be leaving Karen and Cliff’s house tomorrow to go to Tasmania. But you can be sure that I’ll have plenty of things to talk about when I’m there! Maybe I’ll adopt a Tasmanian devil so Spike will have a playmate!


  1. Hey…Anubis needs a pal also. How about bringing one home for us? At least we have an acre of land for him to hop around on. All you have is a teeny tiny patio with no grass! Tell Karen and Cliff that we will be coming to stay with them next week so they better get ready ’cause we won’t be as willing to leave.

  2. Oh yeah…FYI…when I said I wanted pictures I meant the ones of the two Karens together. Where are those???

  3. do you PURPOSELY post these awesome posts with pictures JUST to make me jealous?? i wanna hold a baby kangaroo!!!!!!
    i agree, the 2 kaz’s should get a photo together!!!!

  4. What, your’e only bringing 1 kangaroo home? I suppose you’ll want to take him also when you move out into your own apartment again. No fair. I want to step in roo poo.

  5. Karen…I suggest you save dad’s blog comment in your archives…this way you have proof he was cool with it when you bring home lil Spike!

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