Town mourns a ‘gentle giant’ kangaroo called Whiskers whose huge six-foot-tall frame made him a local celebrity before he was hit by a car
- Whiskers the kangaroo was killed by a car in north-eastern Victoria on Thursday
- The beloved animal was regularly seen around Bright and at local holiday park
- Photos were shared of the kangaroo to a community Facebook page this week
A community are mourning a beloved kangaroo named Whiskers who was tragically hit and killed by a car.
The giant six-foot kangaroo was well known in the areas around Bright, north-eastern Victoria, and often stopped by to greet guests at the local holiday park.
Tracey Wilson, whose parents knew Whiskers well, shared a tribute for the muscular animal to a community Facebook page as she farewelled the ‘gentle giant’.
A community are mourning a beloved kangaroo named Whiskers who was tragically hit and killed by a car
‘My whole family loved this roo and it was only my parents that actually got to meet him,’ she said.
‘Unfortunately dad found him hit by a car and was deceased.’
She said she shared the photos so Whiskers could be remembered as a ‘huge gentle giant’.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia Ms Wilson said her parents, who owned the local Bright Holiday Park, saw the kangaroo everyday over summer.
‘Some days if it was quiet in the park he would just chill out in the sun all day,’ she said.
The giant kangaroo was well known in the areas around Bright, north-eastern Victoria, and often stopped by to greet guests at the local holiday park
Ms Wilson said Whiskers had been coming to the park for years and was often joined by other kangaroos.
‘Mum said others would turn up at times and dad was convinced they were his girlfriends,’ she laughed.
Her father found Whisker’s lifeless body on a road near the park on Thursday night and called the council.
Ms Wilson said the car that hit Whiskers had only been travelling in a 50km/h zone.
‘I don’t understand how a kangaroo his size could get hit and cause enough injuries for him to die. My sisters and I never even met him and we loved him,’ she said.
‘He’ll be greatly missed in Bright.’
She said their family has not been notified of anybody coming forward after the accident.
Kangaroos can grow up to three-metres high and weigh a staggering 100kg.
Humans pose the biggest threats to kangaroos through hunting or car accidents.
The kangaroo has been described as a ‘gentle giant’ as the community mourns his death