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Monday, March 05, 2012

vintage photo time special: pet kangaroo

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{public domain: original owned by state library of queensland, creative commons license}
Three girls and their kangaroo, Australia, sometime during 1900-1910.  I did wonder if it was a wallaby, but it doesn't look compact and tubby enough.  (Compare to this site on pet wallabies.)

Kangaroo, Kangaroo! 
Tho' at first sight we should say, 
In thy nature that there may 
Contradiction be involv'd, 
Yet, like discord well resolv'd, 
It is quickly harmonized. 

That's a passage from a rather passive-aggressive poem about Australia - by way of its marvelous native the kangaroo - by Barron Field (1786-1846).  Entire poem here, and do enjoy the first verse.

1 comment:

parlance said...

Wow! Barron field certainly didn't like Australia! It's good to know, however, that the continent justified its barren existence by producing kangaroos.

The poor pet kangaroo didn't look too happy in the photo. A kangaroo can disembowel you with one stroke of its paws, so I reckon those two kids are living dangerously.