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The biggest of the Kangaroo family these guys can stand 7 feet tall and though they look cute they can kick the snot out of a man. I know, I've been on the end of an attack, though only a mild one. They start grunting then they lean back on that massive tail and kick you with both feet at once. Given they can leap ten foot fences easily you can imagine the power those huge leg muscles can generate. Scary, but I only experienced a mildly miffed 'roo. A seriously angry one would have left me a great deal more damaged.
Of course this is not their normal way of interacting with the bald primates, generally they are calm and once used to humans will allow you to stroke their amazingly soft fur for hours.
This picture was in my car on the way to getting framed when I stopped past Steve Irwin's 'Australia Zoo'. Terri Irwin came out to have a look and fell in love with the painting which she purchased on the spot. She got it framed herself. Last I heard it was hanging in their loungeroom.
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luckyraeve Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful painting! and wow! congrats on the sale! :w00t:

after reading your story, i really want to pet a kangaroo now (and hopefully not get kicked in the process).
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wildartguy Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you, very kind! I should have said the reason Terri Irwin purchased it so quickly was that she instantly recognised it as one of her favourite Kangas from her zoo (where I get lots of reference shots).
If you get to Australia there are places where you can pet a Kangaroo (without getting kicked) everywhere. This guy just sat calmly while I took photos madly, petting him all the while, and telling him my life story, you can see how excited he was!
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luckyraeve Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:XD:
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Marvelous. :)
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wildartguy Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very kind, thank you
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice work once again! I love the soft fur textures you were able to achieve. :)
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