Roger the kickboxing kangaroo has passed away
In 2015 a video of a kangaroo in Australia doing kickboxing went viral. The video gained him fans all over the world. Unfortunately, he has recently passed away at age 12.
Roger, also known as the kickboxing kangaroo, gained global fame when he demonstrated his unusually muscular physique and martial arts skills.
He lived in the Kangaroo Sanctuary Alice Springs in Australia. They posted a statement online informing people of his passing.
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In the statement, they reflect on his long life and the fame he gained through the viral video. They express their love for him and that he will be missed by those left behind.
The manager of the sanctuary, Chris Barnes, build the facility specifically for Roger to live out his days in. Roger also had mates, two females called Abigail and Ella.
It's a sad day for Australia... One of our greatest icons, Roger the ripped kickboxing kangaroo, has passed away. RIP buddy 😢 pic.twitter.com/Eid8r7fMSD— news.com.au (@newscomauHQ) December 10, 2018
Thinking back on Roger’s life Chris said,
“Roger was our alpha male for many years and grew up to be a kangaroo that people from all over the world have grown to love as much as we love him too. So we reflect on his life today and for many years to come."
One of the oldest ways that an animal can become famous is through the circus. While this has thankfully become illegal in most places due to animal rights laws, there are renowned circus animals who will always be remembered.
Two of these are circus elephants, Shirley and Tara. Both of them are former circus animals who live at a facility for elephants who have been in captivity, whether in a circus or zoo.
When Shirley was first brought to the facility, she had not seen another elephant in 22 years. Upon seeing Tara, she was overjoyed and they intertwined their trunks as a gesture of affection. The video of this has gone viral.
THE MOST FAMOUS ELEPHANT
In the late 1800s, an elephant named Jumbo became the world’s first famous animal. He was initially on exhibition at the London Zoo but was then bought by a circus owner and taken to the USA to perform.
Unfortunately, Jumbo was killed in a train accident in 1885. In current times his bones and tail are of interest to scientists who study it.
.@cbc The Nature of Things explores the tumultuous life of Jumbo the Elephant, tonight at 8 p.m.— CBC Radio: The Current (@TheCurrentCBC) January 7, 2018
There's so much to learn about this 19th-century circus star: https://t.co/1koNInBDvh pic.twitter.com/V4fuS18UzS
So far they have found that elephants may experience mental issues in the same way humans do. Therefore a theory exists that Jumbo was complicit in his death as a type of suicide.