Roger the ripped kangaroo dies of natural causes in NT sanctuary

Roger the ripped kangaroo

Roger the ripped kangaroo

If you're not familiar with Roger, then please let me introduce you to him, the one kangaroo who legitimately terrifies me.

The much-loved alpha kangaroo - best known for its heavily muscular frame and crushing a metal bucket in its hulking paws on camera - has died aged 12 at the Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs.

The roo was rescued as a joey after his mother was killed in a auto accident, and grew up at the Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs in Australia.

But the marsupial's early life was not as rosy.

The shelter was started by Barns to raise Roger, and he brought him up well.

In his ~retirement~ Roger mostly just lazed around a bunch, and sanctuary staff regularly found him lying in the dirt on his back, just soaking in his older age.

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Vale, Roger the Ripped Roo.

In his later years, Roger had struggled with arthritis and fading vision, but was "loving his retirement", Mr Barns said in 2016.

In the wild, kangaroos live for about 10 years but can live longer in captivity.

Posting on the sanctuary's Facebook and Instagram yesterday, owner and founder Chris Brolga gave a short eulogy to the unbelievably jacked roo, who was the reason why Brolga and his team put together the sanctuary some ten years ago.

"So we will reflect on his life today and for the years to come. He will always be here, we've laid him to rest out here so he can be with his family".

He said Roger had been buried in the sanctuary so "he will always be here". He was relaxing before a big feed.

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