Anyone who has spent any time watching kangaroos will know that they are incredibly inquisitive. The mob of 25 or so individuals which call my back paddock home certainly fall into this category.
I am fortunate to own a place on the far outskirts of a small city with plenty of space to accommodate these wild animals. For many years, I and my family planted thousands of tree and shrub seedlings and these have now formed tall, dense thickets which are great places for these Grey Kangaroos to hide, sleep and relax. With no livestock to compete with, they also have plenty to eat.
Those who read about my bricklaying exploits will know that we are in the process of building a house. This dwelling is in one of the areas that is frequently inspected by the ‘roo population as they pass by on their evening grazing route. I never get tired of watching them as they cautiously approach and then bound away when they realise they have come a bit too close for comfort! We are so lucky to have wild and totally free animals choose to live on our doorstep. It is not a common thing in this country.
However, they do pose certain problems. Around this time last year, we had just poured the concrete floor for the house and we had to stay off it for a day or so until it hardened. It fell to me to make sure that the kangaroo mob also stayed off as it was an absolute certainly that they would come and have a look! But what to do to discourage them?
It was going to be a cold night and I did not fancy camping nearby, so that was out. I also did not like the idea of having to keep getting up (they move around a lot at night) to check on their whereabouts.
So I gathered together all the bicycle lights I could find that would flash in the dark and put these all around the slab. It looked very funny, but I hoped that the lights would be sufficiently alarming to keep them at a wary distance. For good measure, I also left a radio on so that it sounded as if humans were about somewhere!
It worked a treat! No kangaroo paw prints anywhere!
They did come the next night though, and had a good look – leaving a few droppings just so that I would know that everything had been ‘checked out’!
When Ailsa posted her Travel theme: Light this week, I thought this story was just the thing to post in response! Have you ever resorted to using bicycle lights to ward off wild animals? I imagine it would work for lots of different critters.