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Bush Amusement In Australia: The Kangaroo

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lhc Kangaroo is an extraordinnry antnal. There are several kinds of them, nd they are of various size The Cangaroo forester is about five feet high, nd when pursued by dogs, it leaps or lounds from fifteen to twenty paces. - f he animal goes on his hind lega, steerng his body with his lail. His fore log-'! ire only aboui half 'he longth of his hind egs. He is generally of the same color is the English hare, nnd his flesh greatly esembles in taste and appearance that f ihe hare. The tail, which sometimos veighs twenty pounds, is considered the est part of him. It makes excellent oup - indeed, equal to any ox-tail soup I ver tasted. His movements in his naive wilds are extremely graceful. Sellom rapid, uniil he sees you and your logs in full chae after hiin - then he lits out in right earnest, hop?, skips, bounds, and i f you have not fleet dogs before yon, and a fleet hnrse under you, he s soon out of sight. In some parts of ïft colony they are seen in droves, but I ever saw more than five or six of theni ogelher. I have often seen them quiety feeding among my cattle, with wliich riey seemed to live on peaceable terms. When hard pressed, they turn about, )ut their backs to a tree, und for a time uccessfully figlit the dog?, which they often rifPnp and disable for life. They lave been known not only todrown dogs, mt also to take a man in their arms, cary him towarda a lagoon or deep pond, and there attempt to drown him as they ommonly drown a dog, viz : by pressing lis head under water. A friend of mine, a Mr. James Aitkin settler on the Clarence nverjhns lately received in a battle vith a Kangaroo, a mark which he will necessarily carry with him to the grave. He was in chase after a Kangaroo which at last his dogs caught, when my friend inconsiderately dismounied from his horse for the purpose of assisting his dogs - The Kangaroo now left them, attockec Mr. Aitken, whose lij) he complcte'y tore The Kangaroo is natjrally titnid, and ii easilytamed. Heïivesentirely on grass and the femóle has only two young one at a time, which she carries in a poucl or bag under her belly. When han pressed in the chase she drops them on by one ; you can then be certain tha she is nearly beat. The skin is remark ably tough, and is converted into stoel whips, and sometimes used as a substituí for a blanket in travelling through th bush. With half a dozen of these skins sewed together, a man could comfoitabh sleep out all night on a bleak, snowj


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