Perth residents laugh when tourists expect to see kangaroos hopping through the center of the city, but could it happen?
Let’s go hunting. We leave the central bus/train station and head South towards the river. When the first expats settled in Perth the Governor’s mansion was in St George’s Terrace, and still is, so let’s think of that as the center of the city.
We cross the Terrace and turn left towards the rising sun and in a few minutes – yes – could it be… Could those shadowy shapes be kangaroos?
We sneak stealthily forward to avoid frightening them away.
There is no fear of that. Some humorist with a lot of talent has created metal kangaroos to satisfy the tourists.
Why do I think the sculptor had talent?
Well, there is none of this modern cheating by getting a child or a chimpanzee to bung some play-dough lumps together until they look vaguely like something, then creating a large statue like that, and getting paid for it.
Just look at the loving attention that the artist has put into each claw for instance.
Oh! Oh! The old man kangaroo standing guard has spotted something. It isn’t the floodlight at his feet that illuminates him at night.
Could it be… Yes! It’s a whole family of kangaroos.
Oh, Dear…It looks as if the leading old man kangaroo is just going to bound into the main road among all the traffic.
I breathe a sigh of relief – it is only a statue.
What is more, the sculptor took safety into consideration, so if children climb all over an inviting kangaroo, or a parent lifts them to the back of a kangaroo for photographs, the structure won’t come crashing down.
Now, if my theory is right, it will be safe for me to get right in front of the old man kangaroo that is leading the way for another photograph.
Just look at the character in that face!
I guess the members of the government working nearby are jealous and wish that they were as intelligent as this old man.