Apparently there is no Santa

Friday, January 15, 2016 Permalink

Some desperately sad photographs have been doing the rounds over recent days. They were actually taken near where I live and were so heart-wrenching that the images were picked up by media outlets around the world.

The pictures feature a male kangaroo seemingly cradling the head of a dying female who’s reaching for her joey.

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Tears were shed and everyone was moved by this sad display of love and devotion.

Until…

Experts came forth and said it was most likely that the male kangaroo was in fact trying to prop the dying female up to have his way with her.

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From: dailylife.com.au

What?!

I understand the importance of getting the facts straight but at the same time cannot help but think they could have let sleeping *ahem* dogs lie. #sorry

I mean, did we REALLY need to know about the near-necrophilic act? Surely it was better when we were all overcome with grief. And the warm and fuzzies.

God, next we’ll be told that all those cute cat videos are staged… or that reality shows featuring rich housewives are scripted!

Like I said, it’s hard to blame them… the scientifically-inclined who value truth and veracity (and yes, I know they’re the same thing, but I’m making  a point!) above all else. However it’s an unfortunate reminder that sometimes we need to think twice before bursting someone’s bubble or doing something akin to telling kids there’s no Santa or Tooth Fairy.

It may well be human nature. I know there have been times when I just couldn’t let something rest. Times when I’ve ‘won’ but felt the need to go for the kill anyway; or times when I’ve had the upper hand and could have (but didn’t) yield—allowing someone else’s journey to be slightly more manageable.

The images of the dying kangaroo are no less sad, but now that someone’s shown me what’s behind the curtain it’s not quite as touching.

It’s like they’ve ruined the internet. And Christmas.

Would you prefer NOT to have know what the male kangaroo had in mind?

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29 Comments
  • Jo
    January 15, 2016

    I’m with you. I much preferred to live in la la land.

    • Debbish
      January 15, 2016

      I know, right?! Because the photographer was local I’d seen it the day before it went national… so had a whole day to ponder on the romance of it all. And then…

  • Stormi D Johnson
    January 15, 2016

    Yeah, I preferred to think of it as something sad that what he was really doing….lol.

  • Lydia C. Lee
    January 15, 2016

    I thought it was sad, and did not learn the truth until your post. I kind of think that it’s still sort of sweet, insight into the animal kindom kind of way. I also think it’s ok to know the truth. We’re very ill-informed on so many things…

    • Debbish
      January 15, 2016

      This was actually one time I was happy to remain ignorant Lydia. (Though there may have been others come to think of it…) 😉

  • Pinky Poinker
    January 15, 2016

    Really? The male kangaroo is despicable. Thank God I’m not a bloody kangaroo. It’s a bit like how I used to believe penguins mated for life. They don’t. They only mate for one season.

    • Debbish
      January 15, 2016

      Yes… really. Apparently. I’m not sure how the mammal specialist type person EXACTLY knows what the kangaroo was thinking but apparently he didn’t need her conscious. #bastard

      Of course the mammal specialist type person could be wrong. He ‘could’ really be cradling her head, mourning her departure from this world.

  • Char
    January 15, 2016

    I hadn’t heard that and I’m in shock. Of course I shouldn’t be. He’s a male kangaroo and his whole role in life is to eat, crap and procreate. He’s just doing what his DNA is telling him to do. And yet I’m as quick as everyone else to assign human emotions to animals. Because it makes me feel good.

    • Debbish
      January 15, 2016

      Plus we grew up watching Skippy…. Who WAS practically human!

  • Jess
    January 15, 2016

    Haha my husband found out some disturbing facts about sea otters. Now I can’t look at them and think they are cute. At Disneyland they had a sea otter carousel ride and I was relieved my kids picked to go on a different creature. Sometimes ignorance really is bliss!

    • Debbish
      January 16, 2016

      Completely agree Jess – ignorance can be very underrated sometimes!

  • annettelucycharlton
    January 15, 2016

    Your post was all news to me as I had not seen the photo or the media coverage. Yes, I definitely would prefer in this case not to know the scientific facts.

    • Debbish
      January 16, 2016

      Yes… I agree with Jess who commented previously saying ‘Ignorance is bliss!’

  • Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    January 16, 2016

    I’d prefer to remain with the thought that both were confused and hoping they could revive her and hop off to live happily every after. But someone always has to ruin it for the rest of us.

    • Debbish
      January 16, 2016

      I know dammit…. we need those fairytales to save us from the mundane reality of everyday life!

  • MyBlissPoint
    January 16, 2016

    I agree. They should have let it go.

  • HandbagMafia
    January 16, 2016

    I think it is important that we not assume human qualities apply to animals- they are different and we should known that, for sure. But yes, nec-ROO-philia is something I could have remained blissfully ignorant of!

    • Debbish
      January 16, 2016

      Perhaps it was a good thing the photographer was there… interrupting the (ahem) moment.

  • Allison @ The Book Wheel
    January 16, 2016

    This reminds me of when I saw the video expose about sloths in captivity. Don’t watch it. Ever.

    • Debbish
      January 16, 2016

      Ohhh… no, will give that one a miss Allison!

  • Sally@Toddlers on Tour
    January 16, 2016

    To be perfectly honest, I prefer to live in lala land so much that II would rather have just not seen the photo (whether they be the sappy version or the experts opinion).

    • Debbish
      January 16, 2016

      Ah yes, the sappy version was sad… though perhaps the dying mother WASN’T reaching out to the joey… perhaps he’s just some kind of voyeur! #nooooo

  • Becca Lostinbooks
    January 16, 2016

    I have to be honest and say my first impression was that he was the one who killed her, so I was so happy that he was just comforting her! But, alas, back to reality. I’m not sure what gain he would get from mating with her, though. I didn’t know kangaroos had sex for fun. I do know the females have three vaginas, though. Thanks, nature channel!

  • Teddyree
    January 17, 2016

    I like my rose-coloured glasses thank you 😉 I’m a big sook when it comes to animals.

    • Debbish
      January 18, 2016

      I’m all for the rose-coloured glasses as well Teddyree!

  • Heather Duff (@hross42)
    January 18, 2016

    I would like to live in ignorance thank you with regards to the kangaroo!

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