“Hit and Run” or “Suicide”?

kangaroo-suicide

A shot taken over the weekend just gone. Inspiration drawn from Christian Fletcher’s recent “Sheep Shots” http://christianfletcher.wordpress.com/

“Hit and Run” or “Suicide”?

Surely a hit and run in this case! How could a Kangaroo living in such a beautiful environment such as that of the Boranup Forest want to take its own life by jumping infront of oncoming traffic?

It is a well known fact that Kangaroo suicide is a major problem, particularly on the Nullarbor Plain. The Nullabor’s searing hot summer days are relentless and with the complete lack of trees the poor Kangaroos are unable to escape the extreme heat. The sweltering conditions combined with absolutely nothing to do drive the Kangaroos insane, some eventually resorting to suicide. The most common methods being…..

1) Jumping off the cliffs of the Great Australian Bight, or

2) Jumping out in front of oncoming traffic along the Eyre Highway

The latter of the two is obvious with the roadside of the Eyre Highway constantly littered with Kangaroos. It is a matter that must be dealt with. The government of Australia needs to provide funding within these communities so that Kangaroo Counselling is at hand and shade cloth can be erected!

Ok… All sick jokes aside.

No one likes seeing road kill. Especially when it is a native species. Motor vehicles/Motor vehicle drivers deplete native species numbers.

Drive safely and sensibly.

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8 responses

  1. great concept Luke, a bit sad though. I had to kill a roo by hand once after my brother in law hit it in his car. One of the hardest things I have ever done. Like the gritty look, a black and white layer perhaps set to multiply???

    November 13, 2008 at 5:06 pm

  2. Definitely suicide.
    I am a firm believer of if you hit it clean up the mess.
    Everyone thinks it is their right to use the road and hit animals and leave them there to die, usually in agony. I reckon all driving licence tests in the country need a big rubber mechanic kangaroo that you need to belt over the head with a piece of wood.
    I get tired of cleaning up problems caused by others.

    Over here the roos are in plague proportions.

    Also that car is crossing double lines, didnt happen to capture is number plate in motion?

    Great shot Luke a really good subject, it’s a reality check for a lot of drivers.

    November 13, 2008 at 5:46 pm

  3. Thanks Christian. That would be a terrible thing to have to do. I ALMOST had to do it to a bird that smashed into my car. I held it in my hands for a good 5 minutes while it was still twitching and then just as I thought I had better put it out of its misery it suddenly came too and flew out of my hands. Close call.

    I didn’t use a B&W layer on this one, should have given it a go though.

    November 13, 2008 at 6:39 pm

  4. Cheers Thomas. I agree with you.
    I didn’t manage to get the plates. I thought I would let it slide considering they were only trying to avoid the dead kangaroo and weird arse photographer taking shots of it.

    November 13, 2008 at 6:41 pm

  5. ecomuseimages

    This shot reminds me a lot of a similar one of an owl done by, I “think” Franz Lanting (could be wrong)…really like the motion blur on the appoaching car and angle of the image. A tricky subject handled well.

    November 14, 2008 at 6:12 am

  6. dylanfox

    Mate I really like this shot!
    You should send it to some kangaroo saving project organisation thingo! (very professional team they are!)

    November 14, 2008 at 7:43 am

  7. We had a class election last week and me and my mates were “PFTIOKIS: Party for the integration of kangaroos into society” one of our policies was that kangaroos get to hit you if you hit them. We also sold koalas to Japan for funding!

    Different shot… Its a great composition id never had thought of.

    November 15, 2008 at 7:16 am

  8. i guess they aren’t aware of the Choose Life movement:

    http://www.chooselife.net/home/Home.asp

    i hit a wombat once, i came off second best too. kangaroos should take lessons from wombats on how to be tough.

    rad shot though

    April 22, 2009 at 6:24 am

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