Monday, October 11, 2010

Julianne And Her Pet Kangaroo Beemer

There are plenty of kangaroos in South Australia but not many of them like cider, playing footy, watching TV and sitting at the table for breakfast. But Beemer, the red kangaroo, does. Each morning he eats a plate of grass with a side of Vegemite toast watched by his adopted mum, Julianne "Julz" Bradley, in her Glendambo home in the Far North. He also loves dry cider but Julz - who saved him after a road accident 18 months ago - doesn't let him overindulge. Something he's allowed to do every day is to muck about with a football, his favourite pastime. On Tuesday nights, Beemer has a nap after dinner and wakes up in time to watch his favourite TV show, Skippy, which is on very late. "He just stands there and watches it. He relates to it, he loves the theme music and dances to it," said Julz, 50, who lives alone. But Skippy isn't the only thing he likes to watch on TV. As well, Beemer loves donning a Coober Pedy Saints guernsey to watch St Kilda play every weekend during the footy season. Sometimes, he'll even wear a blue singlet for his own safety. She said she always wanted a pet kangaroo but it was only when, 18 months ago, a woman brought little Beemer into the Glendambo service station that Julz manages that her dream was realised. The woman rescued Beemer from his mother's pouch after she was killed by a BMW motorcycle. A woman took the tiny joey in a jumper to the nearest service station where Beemer met his new mum, Julz. Beemer is now hopping happily around Julz's backyard and in and out of the doggy door of her house - which he makes a bit bigger by kicking every now and then to accommodate his growing body. He shares the yard and house with Julz's other pets - Woolly the merino sheep, dogs Ned, Apples and Cider and Petie the cat.

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