We had a bit of a run-in last night with a mob of kangaroos hell-bent on wrecking the fencing and spooking the horses and waking up the bloody rooster. There were six, seven roos, maybe more. As usual, a small female and joey panicked and couldn’t figure out how to get back out of the paddock. I had gone outside to turn off the veggie patch retic and just about packed my dacks when I heard rustling close by.
Turns out it was a couple of startled roos, high-tailing it out of the house paddock. When I walked around to the back verandah, I heard more roos thumping the ground in the other paddock, hopping away quick-smart when they saw me coming. They know they’re not welcome on our pasture, meagre as it is. We chase them off at every opportunity, though many are bold and don’t run from humans, even at a short distance. But the younger roos tend to panic, and sometimes the horses will spook or get excited and take off. So I worry about a roo possibly colliding with one of my boys and slashing them open with those wicked claws. They can be downright vicious if they feel cornered. We have had a few get stuck in the fence since we moved here, usually badly mangled by the wire. They fight the fence but can’t back out because of the weight of their tail. They will let rip the most ugly guttural growl when you approach them. It’s really disconcerting when you’re trying to help them.
Our place is attractive to roos as its easy for them to get into, and besides, our pasture is much better than our landlord’s paddocks next-door. While the rest of the property is fenced with “roo-proof” fence about eight feet high, most of our boundary fencing is standard height post and rail (rotted through due to termites), with ring lock wire. Not horse safe. So we have fenced off a run for the horses well inside the boundary with portable electric fence. It keeps them off the growing pasture but still gives them room to move around.
The electric is no match for roos moving at speed. Last night, they took out a stretch of it before bounding off into the bush. The night was so still, you could hear leaf litter shattering under their hopping feet for a long time afterwards. I had forgotten to switch the zapper on, but in reality, it probably wouldn’t have made much difference. They are pretty thick-skinned and will do anything for an easy feed.
Of course the horses spooked and took off a bit, but they were good boys and didn’t take the opportunity to tear around with the fences down. I gave them a feed of lucerne chaff to distract them, anyway, while I tied off the area with the downed fence. I’d deal with it in the morning. Thanks, freeloaders!
It could always be worse. At least we don’t have bears in Australia. I have heard they have an almost gleeful disregard for fencing!