Roger, the super jacked kangaroo that rose to internet fame in 2015, has died.
A few years ago, pictures began circling the internet’s various tubes of a completely ripped kangaroo that some people thought must have been photoshopped. We’re talkin’ one absolute unit of roo-dom, with veins and striations that would have made a world-class bodybuilder proud.
His name was Roger, and he rose to peak internet stardom after he was filmed crushing a steel bucket with his bare hands. It wasn’t all just for show--those muscles also had power.
As a red kangaroo, that jacked upper body is so that he could engage in combat with other males to assert his dominance and win the fair hand of a lucky lady kangaroo. Or rather, several lady kangaroos--Roger actually had a harem of suitors that he protected at his home at the Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs, Australia.
Roger’s story is actually pretty tragic. He was found as a joey barely old enough to hop in his dead mother’s pouch. His mother had been struck by a car and left for dead, which would surely have been the end of Roger if he wasn’t rescued by Chris “Brolga” Barnes, a former park ranger turned kangaroo sanctuary administrator.
Barnes brought Roger home to nurse back to health. Roger flourished in the sanctuary, growing up to 6-foot, 7-inches tall and weighing over 200 lbs. Several videos were posted online of Roger showing off his incredible physique, which male kangaroos do to attract females or scare off rival males in much the same way humans do when at the beach.
Farewell our darling Roger ❤️ Sadly Roger has passed away of old age. He lived a lovely long life and was loved by millions around the world. We will always love you and miss you Roger ❤️Posted by The Kangaroo Sanctuary Alice Springs on Saturday, December 8, 2018
Sadly, after living a long and fruitful life, Roger passed away last Saturday of natural causes. He lived to the ripe old age of 12, which is pretty good for kangaroos.
In an emotional sendoff, Barnes posted a goodbye video on the Kangaroo Sanctuary’s Facebook page, which was quickly joined by the digital tears of millions of Roger fans.
We’ll miss you, oh aspirational kangaroo. You achieved a physique and notoriety that few humans ever will. Hopefully, Roger has a new harem waiting for him at the big Outback in the sky.