A muscular kangaroo became a star thanks to his physique died at the age of 12 years.
“We lost our handsome boy, Roger,” Chris Barnes, owner of Kangaroo Santuary Park in Australia, said on Facebook Saturday.
The animal, which was 6 feet 7 inches and weighed nearly 200 pounds, was rescued by John Barnes after his mother was killed in a car accident near a highway.
Roger, the internet famous bucket crushing kangaroo, has died pic.twitter.com/GzJDYcFCZo
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In a tribute to the marsupial, Chris Barnes said it was Roger who made him want to build a sanctuary for orphaned kangaroos. This 188-acre sanctuary is located in Alice Springs.
“I built it so that they have a place to live,” he said. Roger has been the alpha male of the sanctuary for many years. “He grew up to be a kangaroo that people all over the world have come to love as much as we love him,” added Chris Barnes.
Several users have paid a tribute to the deceased animal. Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia called him “a boy so proud and strong,” while the Australian government’s travel agency described him as a “real icon.” “
Roger became famous in 2015, when a photo of him crushing a metal bucket with his paws became viral on social networks.
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Roger ❤️ 💪🏽 When Roger was alpha boss male his height when standing was about 2 metres (6ft 7) – same height as me. The clucking noise he is making is telling me to get away from his lady kangaroos. And the red on his neck is a scent that males rub onto trees etc to mark their territory.
Despite his big biceps, Roger could not defeat the aging process, suffering from vision loss and arthritis later in life.