Kangaroos enjoy rare snow in Australia

Parts of Australia have experienced freezing conditions that have been debilitating for Australia’s human residents. However, these kangaroos in New South Wales seem to be enjoying the rare snowfall.


84 thoughts on “Kangaroos enjoy rare snow in Australia

  1. Silly beasts. They wouldn’t be jumping for joy for too long if they had 6 months of that to deal with every winter. Is there such a thing as a Roo Burger?

    • We’ll all let you figure out the “‘roo burger” part after your first up-close encounter with one of them, mate.

      • We used to make a dish called Bubble and Squeak (Rumble and Fart) and the primary liquid ingredient was Kangaroo Tail Soup

        • I’d prefer the tail over its tongue. My mother used to make ox-tongue stew on a regualar basis. One day the butcher asked her why on earth she bought that part of the anatomy. Not that he objected. But the beast had had it in its mouth its whole life.

    • There is absolutely such a thing as a roo burger.
      And roo fillet steaks
      It cooks up as good as elk, moose, caribou, deer.
      Roo meat makes a fantastic ragout.

      And their immediate cousins, wallabies, are quite adapted to temperate, high altitude environments.

      Realize too that Oz has more high plains area under snow in winter than the whole size of Switzerland.

      • I’e enjoyed a rather excellent kangaroo ragout served with noodles at a restaurant at the Rocks in Sydney.

      • We had kangaroo roast for Christmas dinner one year when my mother got bored with turkey. It was Ok, but we’ve gone for venison since then.

      • yup yummy tucker IF you can get it Victorias all daft and wont allow hunting the damned pests.
        theyll be happier still as MORE snow is fcast for the next few days down to 600mt again in Vic;-(
        rather late for snow dumps and still decent depths funny they seem to manage to forget the no snow everyone going broke claims of a few yrs ago?

    • There are several areas in Australia which have snow for several months every year and the roos that live there just grow winter coats. I bought a winter coat roo skin in Syney once, looked great on an arm chair.
      But I was in Newcastle NSW in the mid 1960s when it got a dusting of snow on the hills just to the west of the port. The locals went daft driving out to see it.

      • In Canberra in May 1970 – the snow was down to 4,000 feet. The wife and I beat it back to Brisbane as fast as the speed limits allowed…..

    • Had a relative working for a beef snack company in the US. At one point they switched to Australian supplied beef, it was cheaper than US beef at the time. Down the road it was discovered those sneaky Aussies were slipping kangaroo meat into the shipments, laughing all the way to the bank I presume. Caused quite a problem for the company but they were able to keep the knowledge hidden from the public who had not noticed a difference. FYI, they quickly switched back to US supplied beef.

      • And did the eaters know that the source of the kangaroo meat was probably road kill that had been lying under an Aussie sun for days? (Thousand of roos get killed every year on the roads here).

    • Kangaroos are marsupials:

      “However, despite some species and individual differences, habitat (alpine vs non-alpine) does not affect any of these physiological variables, which are consistent with those for other marsupials. Our study suggests that at least under the environmental conditions experienced on the Australian continent, life in an alpine habitat does not require major physiological adjustments by small marsupials and that they are physiologically equipped to deal with sub-zero temperatures and winter snow cover.”


  2. Alternative headlines:
    Kangaroos flee rare snow in Australia.
    Kangaroos try to keep warm in rare snow in Australia.

    But there’s a really simple explanation of the video. If you drive along a fence line next to a paddock of kangaroos, they will hop away as in the video, regardless of whether the ground is covered with snow or grass or is bare. When the camera briefly pans to the rear, you can see that a couple have already stopped moving once the car has passed.

    Not a catchy headline:
    Kangaroos disturbed by vehicle in Australia.

    • And for those of us who have had to drive on roo-bordered roads for many years, you would be aware that they are inclined to jump from one side of the road to the opposite side, just as your vehicle gets level with them.

      I had a Toyota Landcruiser almost written off by a 6-foot old man roo that was being chased by dingoes and cannoned into the side of my truck with hip & shoulder. Stove in every panel down one side of the ‘cruiser, and then got up, shook his head, and bounded off.

      My insurance company wanted details of the other party to the accident. I sent them a pic of a roo. They didn’t ask for his name.

      • Some years ago this time of the season we drove around the Snowy Mountains, mostly on the ‘proper’ side of the road. I have pictures of roo tracks and either rabbit tracks or very tiny roos in the snow. Coming around a curve was a big dead one, found out later that convention had it you were supposed to move them off, this one too big anyway. Lots of dead wombats. I guess you shouldn’t let them go loose. Didn’t have roo bars on rental vehicle, but had lots of experience dodging deer in Texas.


    Polar bear starvation has reached epic levels. They have been forced to expand their hunting grounds to avoid extinction.

    Our exclusive video shows a mob of kangaroos bounding for their lives to escape these fearful predators that are usually confined to the arctic. If not for their exquisite ability to camouflage themselves in snowy terrains, the deadly polar bears would be readily visible in our video.

      • yeah;-( 7 years with no meaningful rain for too many
        and we have people in EU and elsewhere yelling if they go a month or a yr without much

    • theyre climate adapting already
      see the mob of albino ones a painter called Ian Roberts keeps on his property at Blyth in Sth Aus

      give the poley bears a run for their money;-)

  4. Off topic here , but Trump is thinking of the USA buying Greenland. No mention of how much the US would pay. Kinda of like when we bought Alaska for $7,000,000 from Russia; how many billions for purchasing Greenland from Denmark ??? any ideas.
    Saw it just now on the Drudge Report…
    Sorry, I like the idea of Kangaroos in the snow … !!!

    • The US bought Saint Thomas, Saint Jan and Saint Croix from Denmark for $25,000,000 and took over the administration March 31 1917.

    • Not the first time for the US to try to buy Greenland.
      The US offered $100 MM for it right after WW2, when Denmark was really poor. The Danes did not bite then, so why would they do so now?

      • Nah — US Democrats who supported a felon for US President in 2016 and thought voters would go for her… because it was “her turn.”

    • Roos are pretty brainy as far as Australian fauna goes. As mentioned, wombats and emus are orders of magnitude stupider than your average roo.

        • there a saying about thinking sheep are dumb..and all it takes is a short while trying to move a flock without dogs to realise theyre not at all dumb theyre damned cunning buggers

          yesterday online adelaidenow.com theres a story on a roo hopped into a families trampoline enclosure(netted) 3 hrs later they cut a big hole to let the damnfool thing go cos it wouldnt go therough the doorway it go IN by.
          cant give you the link cos PC just deleted history;-(

        • Sheep are smart enough that they can be trained to dance as a group, to flute music: from slow movements to skippy dances.

          In the old Middle East it was the norm to train the animals. Note that in those days, sheep were not “driven” as one drives cattle. They were called. This is fundamental to the understanding of Jesus “calling His flock”. He did not drive them in the sense of an angry father. They followed his calling, they weren’t pushed by His admonitions or fear-mongering.

          Similarly in the time of Shaka Zulu, cattle were assumed to be intelligent and trained to dance in huge herds.

  5. Well its mid winter in Australia. Snow isnt that rare over large parts of the inland areas in the South East areas which are higher altitude.
    The national capital Canberra gets 100 days of frost and maybe 2 snow days per year. Thats expected at 1900 ft elevation with nearby hills higher.
    Even the Blue Mountains , 50km inland from Sydney regularly have snow in the towns like Katoomba which is 3300 ft , further inland towns like Orange at 2800ft in a flatter countryside would regularly get snow.
    From its wiki page
    “Orange has a temperate oceanic climate (Köppen Cfb), with warm summers (though with cool mornings) and cool winters with frequent morning frosts and light to moderate, sometimes heavy snowfalls. ”
    Even the Yarra Ranges municipality on the inland fringes of Melbourne, as reported last week ( mistaken by many for the inner urban Yarra council area) gets snow , a suburb there Lilydale is 200m with some higher hills around.

  6. ‘Endangered Kangaroos try to attract attention to their Global Warming/ Climate Change plight by stealing Polar Bears Stage’

  7. All of Australia has been wrapped in cold water for a year at least. Yeah that includes the GBR. Ive actually been worrying about the cold’s effect on it. Warmist reefers have been silent for about a year. Here’s NOAAs anomaly map. The cold water seems locked in place.


    Don’t worry though, the BMO and CSIRO are working on adjustments to fix the problem

    • “Here’s NOAAs anomaly map.”
      That is SST anomalies. Not many kangaroos there.

      “Here’s NOAAs anomaly map.”
      That is SST anomalies. Not many kangaroos there.

      Here is the mean anomaly for the last year. Mostly very warm, only a tiny part of the country below average. It was our third warmest July.

          • Spare a thought for way back during the Federation mega- drought. The worst in the last 124 years.

          • yeah UHI does that!
            but its still not that warm at night mate
            out of the city the night are damned cold at around 7 at best and 4 or less for some months now.
            frosts were of unusual length this yr
            not one or two nights but almost 14 nights in a row our west

            another cold spell with low snow to 600mtr fcast for the nex few days
            I had to get mates with chainsaw to get enough wood in, when i was hoping to start to not have fires going all day

          • “Sounds like your figures are almost double what they should be.”
            The BoM Average is here, 13.5. Probably the difference s that BoM uses (I think) all years of data.

          • You need to check when anyone like Nick starts using averages that they aren’t using the butchered Acorn2 BOM data which has artifically made Australia warmer.

            There is also the old problem of average temperature, you may ask what is the average temperature of all the stations, spatial area, grouped land types? There are dozens of different ways to create an average and each will say different things.

      • Oh I forgot. BMO has already done a job on the temp network with Acorn, a much castigated net with individual station readings bearing little or no relationship with the ersatz stuff, even in sign!

    • The Southern Hemisphere contains about 65% of the ocean’s waters and since the oceans contain 99% of the heat, the SH represents a larger heat storage area than does the NH. There is a difference between overall heat content and air temperature.

      Currently the SH is cooling. As the El Niño fades, the source of the warm water in the NH will diminish and the warm pools there will diminish. Maybe it is the Solar Minimum finally taking it’s toll, maybe not, but the overall cooling of the Earth after two decades of high solar activity is coming. To see what is a few years down the road just look at the oceans.


  8. Rare snow in NSW. I would have thought with runaway global warming for 170 yrs rare snow would definitely be impossible. And why haven’t we seen such stuff in the news? Wait! Maybe global warming is… naw that’s stupid that wouldn’t happen. I have that on good authority.

  9. I’m afraid it’s only a few short weeks away until we start seeing the first signs of winter approaching here in the Edmonton area of Alberta. Unless we get some of that global warming that the screwballs have been peddling. Or it all stays down in Australia this year.

  10. In 1992, we spent a year in Sidney. Round about Easter we went camping in the NSW interior, round through norther V and ended up camping in Kosiasku (sp?). It was a lovely warm afternoon, but afellow camper warned us it would be cold at night. We put the two girls in the puptent with all the spare towels as extra, and put the 2 year old in between us. About 4 am he crawled out of the covers, got cold and made the biggest pee ever in our bed. It must have been about -4 as we cleaned up and tried to get back to sleep in wet sleeping bags. In the morning there was hore frost all over, and by the time we had finished breakfast it was another lovely warm day.

    • Well that would be about right for 1992 Fran because global warming did’t start until Al Gore invented it in 2006.

  11. Fran:
    You were probably camping in the Kosciuszko National Park; Mt Kosciuszko (7,234 ft) the highest mountain on mainland Australia is named after the great Polish hero and patriot who ” … fought in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth’s struggles against Russia and Prussia, and on the U.S. side in the American Revolutionary War…” (Wiki).
    During my younger years I was working in an office in London where the staff was mostly Polish and Czech refugees, they took great pleasure in asking me to name the highest mountain in Australia simply to laugh at my mangled pronunciation of the name.

    • Charles. I spent about a year in Townsville Au. Some of the folks I worked with could not understand America’s facination with the Kangaroo. My guess is that we don’t have to peal them off our cars.

  12. I realise this is on the RHS of Australia where most of the population clings to the just suitable to support human life rim. Is it also happening in Perth? BECAUSE….. as an interesting aside, I already posted on the geothermal effects of the Mayotte submarine volcano on the SW Indian Ocean earlier this year. It was c.4×10^18 Joules = 5,000 Megatons or the US annual electrical energy use. Prof Wyss Yim researched the satellite and ARGO data to see if an ocean Blob that could deliver this weather through elevated SST had arise as a result, it did.

    From his other expertise Wyss further suggests that could affect what is identified as the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) climate effect, basically alternating colder one side = hotter the other, so in this case a possible cause of drought and cold weather in Australia, which I understand is also surrounded by colder water than usual. And dominant thermal reservoir that supports ocean SST also controls the land SST. So what about the Western Desert Midnight Oil sang about – is it living and breathing at a lower temperature than their song claims?


  13. In 1981, I visited my brother who was living in Sydney at the time. There was a huge scandal about kangaroo meat being passed off as beef. Lots of jokes about “skippy beef” and bouncing burgers

  14. Roo burgers? Why not? Bennett’s Wallabies, called kangaroos in Tasmania cope with snow in the winter; but it strongly inhibits their locomotion. Kangaroo tail soup is similar to ox tail soup. Meat balls made from their meat are delicious.

  15. Not rare, we had the same in June and it happens at least once every year, often more. I’ve lost count how many snow events in recent years. The highway is closed for a few hours, no big deal. It melts fast usually and is gone in a few hours, except in alpine areas.

    Don’t rely on the news cycle to judge importance, they deal in sensationalism.

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