Oct 13, 2017 I Paul Seaburn

Massive Muscular Marsupial Roams Western Australia

Without a doubt, the most famous (and misquoted) line Paul Hogan delivers in the movie Crocodile Dundee is in response to a punk who pulls a switchblade on him. Hogan quickly draws his huge Bowie knife and says:

“That’s not a knife. That’s a knife.”

If a movie is ever made about the massive muscular marsupial encountered by Jackson Vincent in Western Australia recently, his memorable line as he shows the pictures to doubting friends with pet kangaroos should be:

“That’s not a ‘roo. That’s a ‘roo.”

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Kangaroo enjoying the story so far (public domain)

Vincent spotted the big buff kangaroo while walking near his grandmother’s home in Margaret River, located in South West Western Australia near Perth. As he hiked near the Boodjidup Creek, he spotted just the head of the kangaroo sticking out of the water. Vincent says he thought about getting close enough for a good photograph until the kangaroo began moving closer to him and he realized how huge it actually was. As the monster marsupial flexed its unusual muscles, he estimated it to be just under 2 meters (6’5”) in height and far wider than any kangaroo he’s ever seen. (photos can be seen at this link)

At that size, this kangaroo was close to the Guinness record of 2.1 meters (6’7”) and 91 kg (201 lb). But how did it get so buff? Is this a ‘roo on ‘roids? The photos remind some in Australia of Roger, another muscular kangaroo whose ability to crunch metal buckets with his arms was memorialized in a video in 2015. Roger was actually trained in martial arts (really!) and that could explain some of his buffness. Was the Margaret River ‘roo an escapee from a karate studio?

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It probably took more than this to build up those muscles (public domain)

More likely, he was an alpha male who built up his musculature fighting other males to protect his mate and offspring. That means it was a good idea that Vincent and his dog Dharma didn’t get close enough to make it feel threatened and crush them like pink, fleshy buckets.. He was already showing some caution by hiding in the water, which surprisingly is not unusual behavior for kangaroos. It’s also not unusual for male kangaroos to puff themselves up to appear bigger than they are … did he grab his crotch too?

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A more typical 'roo workout (public domain)

Jackson told ABC that he left the kangaroo after watching it for 20 minutes and it was gone when he returned. Too bad. If he had befriended the muscular ‘roo, he could have recreated another great scene from Crocodile Dundee when Dundee walked into a bar with a crocodile and said to the barmaid, Ida:

Michael J. "Crocodile" Dundee: Two beers, Ida. One for me, and one for me mate.
Ida: [laughing] One for your mate! Ya mad bugger!


Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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