Sweet and gentle, kangaroos are one of the most unique creatures in the animal kingdom. What makes them so special are the human-like emotions they display. Although many don’t like their character, kangaroos are very vulnerable and that’s why they might lash out when feeling threatened.
They’re not all like that, of course. Take Australian 13-year old Queen Abi for example – the loving kangaroo was recently caught on camera hugging the people who rescued her from poachers. Kangaroo hunting is becoming a major problem in the land down under and has led to kangaroo numbers dwindling pretty fast. Thankfully, some people are doing something about it.
Snuggles with Maggie, Teddy an Cindy-Lou 😍💤
The Kangaroo Sanctuary outside Alice Springs provides special care to harmed kangaroos and orphaned joeys in the wild. Found by Chris Bolga, the sanctuary spreads across 188 acres of land. Besides the rescue center, it also organizes tours to visitors under the special care of the caretakers.
Our sweet orphan Nieve loves a cuddle on our sunset tour 🤗 It’s similar to being in a pouch with the warmth, breathing and movement of her hugger. Thanks @rushan.perera (IG) for hugging Nieve 🤗
Queen Abi is one of the center’s rescued mascots. She hugs everyone in the rescue center which is a highly unusual behavior for joeys. Kangaroos have quite a long memory and remember everything about their handlers. Since Queen Abi is being treated with care, she pays her handlers back with gentle hugs when she’s not hopping wildly around and impressing visitors.
Queen Abi hugs are the best hugs 🤗 💖
Abi has been in the sanctuary for over a decade and is now part of a large kangaroo community. All of them have been rescued from the claws of kangaroo poachers. Many Aussies wrongfully assume that kangaroos over-populate the land down under which has led to an increase in kangaroo hunters. Sale of kangaroo meat and hide is also a thriving business with prices reaching thousands on the black market. The export of kangaroo products funds over 4,000 jobs in Australia per year, but it also harms the kangaroo population.
Nothing more beautiful than loving cuddles from Queen AbiFor licensing or usage please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by The Kangaroo Sanctuary Alice Springs on Saturday, October 1, 2016
The problem is that this unique animal develops very slowly and many young ones die in the wild even if well-nurtured. When a mother is shot, the orphans rarely survive. That’s exactly what Chris Bolga and his sanctuary try to prevent. Chris hopes that Queen Abi and the daily pics of her hugging her caretakers posted on the center’s Facebook page will raise awareness about the glorious animal and put an end to kangaroo hunting once and for all. We strongly hope so too.
Elsa feeding Little Man his beloved milk 🍼💖