Sunday, 24 May 2020

Covid-City Kangaroo

While the city of Adelaide was in lockdown, the streets were so quiet that the kangaroos came right into the central business district to explore the city streets. There are a few kangaroos that frequent the city's parklands and railway corridors!

One of them was followed by CCTV into the CBD* - this kangaroo meant business!

Have a look at these videos and article:

If you need any proof that kangaroos can cause havoc: this kangaroo had all the streets to itself and still managed to almost collide with the one and only car to come through at the time! 

This video continues on from where the first video left off:

 Read more details here:

It comes as no surprise to learn that land on which Adelaide stands was originally called "Tarntanya" by the Kaurna people which means "red kangaroo place".  

This is a video of the same footage but better resolution by the ABC:

I will leave you with some fun, close-up footage of a mob of kangaroos who know how to train the local  humans in Perth, Western Australia:

Please be aware that kangaroos are wild animals. It is not advisable to feed wild kangaroos. It is dangerous for humans and it can be harmful for kangaroos to become dependent on humans.

It is currently 'joey season'. Kangaroos are on the move seeking food and water. Unfortunately, they sometimes get too close to roads and vehicles. 

If you accidentally hit a kangaroo and it is safe to stop, check the kangaroo's condition and check the pouch for joeys and contact a wildlife carer or authorities. If you can get the kangaroo to a wildlife carer as soon as possible, it can save the life of the joey even if the mother does not survive. 

CBD: Central Business District

CCTV: Closed-circuit television

Related Posts on Lupey Loops

"A Few Roos Loose in the Top Paddock", 8 May 2020:

"Kangaroo Hopping Down the Street", [video, 36" duration], 14 December 2011, published on  YouTube, Lupey Loops [channel], 8 May 2020: 



City of Adelaide, "General Information", Explore Adelaide [web page], accessed 11 May 2020:

Lewis Yerloburka O'Brien & Mandy Paul, "Kaurna People", SA History Hub [web site], History Trust of South Australia, accessed 11 May 2020:

Acknowledgement of Country

Lupey Loops is prepared and published on the traditional Country of the Kaurna people.
I recognise  and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land which are of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today.
I respect their Elders, past, present and emerging, as the Traditional Owners and ongoing custodians of this land.


  1. Unbelievable that the kangaroo walks on the street, I think it is quite dangerous.
    Best regards Irma

    1. Every so often kangaroos will hop onto main roads. Early last year there was a kangaroo hopping down Hindley Street - one of the main streets in the city.
      A young kangaroo managed to get into the railway corridor near my home last year. That is even more dangerous because it is narrow with few places to escape oncoming trains (but kangaroos may be able to hop faster than a slow moving suburban passenger train). When I think about it, we have had all sorts of wildlife in our street from feral foxes to koalas, birds and lizards, and even giant centipedes!

  2. I can't even imagine seeing a kangaroo walking down the street. We have deer and wild turkeys, an occasional bobcat and many coyotes, but certainly no kangaroos. Stay well and safe my friend. Sending you a hug.

    1. Bobcats and coyotes sound super scary, especially for people with young chidren. Are they brazen or shy? I have never seen a kangaroo 'walk' - they hop, jump and bound. When they are grazing or milling around and fossicking they 'walk' with their tails as a 'third leg' like a tripod to take little hops.
      I remember your blog post about deer coming right up to the boundary of your property. How exciting to see such a magnificent animal up close. I'm always in two minds - it is a big worry if animals come close due to desperation such as in times of drought (Jamestown in South Australia became overrun with emus) but very special when the animals feel safe enough with us that they choose to visit on a regular basis.
      Thank you for your hug. I am a 'huggy' person. Sending hugs in return.

  3. Enjoyed the videos. I had no idea that Kangaroos could be found on the street.

    1. It all depends on where one lives. Adelaide is surrounded by hills and parklands with a river running through it; i.e. habitat nearby. It is very uncommon to see a kangaroo on city streets but they are curious creatures. During drought conditions their desperation for water and food will often overcome their fear of human activity in built up areas.