Roger, the famous muscular duckling, transformed from orphaned joey to meme-worthy alpha man, is dead at the Australian kangaroo sanctuary he dominated. He was 12 years old.
Long live Roger.
"It's a very sad day today, for we've lost our beautiful boy Roger," Sanctuary Founder and Operator Chris "Brolga" Barnes said in a Facebook video.
The world could never have discovered this absolute unity if it was not for Barnes to find a dead female red kangaroo from a motorway in Australia in 2006. Inside her bag was a little joey, hairless and helpless. Barnes rescued him and called him Roger, after Roger Rabbit, for his entertaining oversize ears.
Roger flourished under the care of Barnes, a former national park tour guide also known as "Kangaroo Dundee".
In 2011 Barnes built its now 76ha Kangaroo Shrine in Alice Springs. It was Barnes' long dream of opening such a port – but it was also that Roger and a couple of his wives wanted a place to live, Barnes said.
At the sanctuary, Roger continued to grow (and grow and grow) until reaching 2.04m (6 feet-7) and almost 90kg. He had finally caught up with his ears.
"Roger was our alpha man for many years," explained Barnes during the year's understatement.
Amongst the Kangaroo Sanctuary's frequent social media posts, Roger's pictures immediately jumped.
Other roses were chosen for their eyes or the sight of them stored in temporary bags or their inclination to crush soft carpets.
Not so for Roger. Posts about Roger mostly highlighted his lot. There was simply nobody to get around that Roger was. . . seriously demolished.
"Roger's favorite game is crushing his feeders!" broke a post where Roger apparently lacked a tin bucket with his brutal strength.
In features of the Kangaroo Sanctuary, Roger could see Chasing Barnes for reasons threatening to kick or beat him. Barnes explained that Roger as an alpha saw him – and all other men, humans or kangaroos – as a threat to his harem.
"Every day he wants to drive me out of his area and away from the girls," Barnes said National Geographic Wild.
Barnes once wrote gash brands Roger had put his back on a "hug". Another time Barnes damaged his right knee and tried to escape the massive humming bird. ("He wanted a piece of me, no doubt," said Barnes.)
Roger often got the picture standing upright, repeatedly transmitting some of a chuffing sound when Barnes became close enough to take a picture.
"The clucking noise he makes tells me to get away from his lady kangaroos," read the caption on a video released by Roger. "And the red on his throat is a scent that men rub on trees, etc. To mark their territory."
The posts made Roger a worldwide social media star, possibly the icon of Australia's most iconic animal.
His physique inspired a lot of Chuck Norris-esque memes and jokes.
Roger could beat Isis all alone, or at least take off the mountain Game of Thrones.
Roger Rabbit? More like Roger Schwarzenegger.
He was literally a mob boss, many noticed.
"Roger did 8 years at the Bronx Zoo."
Lift the other kangaroos yourself?
Occasionally, the pictures showed a softer side of Roger, as when he was seen hugging a huge stuffed rabbit.
"But it is said that after the photo was taken he threw the rabbit to the ground and also tried to kickbox it too," according to WHAS 11 News.
In fact, despite his larger life-style, Roger was typical of a red kangaroo alpha man – and illustrated the dangers of not releasing a hand-drawn male kangaroo in the wild before it was too late.
Because of an injury, Roger could not be released into nature earlier, Barnes told the Australian television company.
And since Roger had grown up around humans, there was fear that he could be dangerous to people if he roamed off outside the sanctuary.
"It has happened many times in zoos and wildlife parks that at any time a hand-drawn animal that is not domestic has a wild nature," Barnes said. Daily mail. "Kangaroos are kickboxers. They will fight." If they have grown up around people, they want to fight for people. "
However, in his twilight, Roger began to succumb to old age. The Shrine revealed in a 2016 video that Roger suffered from arthritis and faint vision, and had lost a bit and became difficult to find in the bush.
In the video, Barnes broke next to "The once-mighty Roger", as he had softened as he had done more than a decade ago when he had found him next to the road.
"I would never have been able to pet Roger like I am now, but he's getting old … and old men do not fight," Barnes said.
His voice became slower when he reflected on how Roger probably only had one year or two, which he hoped would be happy.
"He is my best mate," Barnes said. "He is my son. And I love him so much."