Shot three times and killed, tied to a chair, draped in a leopard print costume and posed with a liquor bottle – this was the fate of an Australia kangaroo.
So why do I care? I mean, this blog is all about Greek rescues, what does an Australian kangaroo have to do with it? Well, first of all, the animal was found in Melbourne, and Melbourne is packed with Greeks. It was the most popular destination for the impoverished Greek nation after World War 2, and in a way, it still is.
Second of all, the liquor bottle is the famous Greek ouzo 12. Not every Greek household in Greece has a bottle of ouzo anymore -it’s not “modern enough” I guess, but it is the typical gift you bring to your Greek- Australian family, when visiting from Greece.
I guess if the kangaroo was posed holding a cup of mate in a city packed with Argentinians I would have found something else to blog about – but it wasn’t.
The photo of the poor animal is being shared in Greek social media, and animal lovers commenting below seem certain that the perpetrator was Greek. I am not. Neither are the Australian authorities. I have read a dozen articles about it, and the word “Greek” was not included in any of them – not even as an adjective characterizing the liquor bottle.
If you are familiar with both nations, this looks more like a typical Anglo Saxon prank. A frat related joke. Yes it is despicable, but to the ones who did it, it was a joke. The average Greek would not see the humor behind it, but a bunch of college students would.
The fact that every Greek animal lover I know is certain that this was the act of a Greek is frightening. The fact that it crossed my mind too frightened me even more. Being a rescuer in Greece and seeing the worst, you end up hating you compatriots to the point where you are convinced that most of them are monsters. After seeing animals suffer every day here, being shot, hanged, drowned, or even burned alive, you come to the conclusion that Greeks are capable of anything.
And maybe they are, but I am pretty sure that the staged kangaroo is probably not a Greek atrocity. Not because we are not capable of it, but because it’s not our style.
*The animal was found on Plenty Road, Mernda in May and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning released a photo on Tuesday calling for information.
“This is appalling and immoral behavior” said Mike Sverns, senior investigator of The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. “It would have taken some time to stage the kangaroo in that position on the side of the road. We are certain that someone would have seen something, given the public area and traffic flow of this main road.”The penalties for killing wildlife range from $7500 to $36,500.