Fighting Kangaroos Take it To the Streets
In a bizarre, but amusing episode, two fighting kangaroos took their brawl to the quiet streets of a suburban Australian neighborhood, and the whole affair was caught on camera.
In the rather surreal video, the macho marsupials can be seen channeling their inner Mike Tyson, repeatedly throwing powerful punches and kicks, in the middle of a road in Central Coast, New South Wales.
Showing no fear and incredible tenacity, the pair duked it out for more than five minutes.
Even in Australia, where these giant herbivores are found, a sight such as this is a rarity. So it's no wonder Rodney Langham, who was lucky enough to witness the cartoon-like boxing match, filmed the whole fight and posted it to YouTube on Sept. 30. Entitled "Wild Kangaroo streetfight Aussie style," the video has since received over two million views and 7,000 likes.
[Credit: Rodney Langham]
According to Discovery News, kangaroos can't walk backwards or walk well at all due to their enormous feet. But they sure can hop, as many well know - up to nine feet per hop and up to 45 feet when they're really booking it. To fight, as the video shows, they balance on their strong tails and kick with their powerful hind legs and feet, which have fourth toes with long, dangerous nails.
Kangaroos are the national symbol of Australia, but they are also found in Tasmania and other surrounding islands. There are three types: the Eastern gray kangaroo, the Western gray and the Red, the biggest of all of them. As the world's largest marsupial, the red kangaroo (Macropus rufus) stands six feet tall and weighs about 200 pounds, even reaching speeds over 35 mph, says National Geographic.
Like many other animal species, sometimes male kangaroos fight over potential mates, which is possibly what we witnessed here with this grudge match.