From Austin to Oz. I'm planning to flee the country for 7 months - working for 4 and traveling for 3.
Departure = 03 Sep 2003 / Re-entry = 03 Apr 2004

Monday, September 22, 2003

... and in today's Aussie news

Skippy to the rescue

A female kangaroo has saved an Australian farmer's life by alerting his family that he was lying unconscious in a field.
The kangaroo banged repeatedly on the door of the family home in the state of Victoria, until the farmer's wife came out. In a scene reminiscent of the 1960s Australian children's television series Skippy about a resourceful kangaroo, the animal then led the woman to her husband. Leonard Richards, 52, had been checking his property for storm damage, when he was knocked unconscious by a falling branch on Sunday. He could have died had he not been found so quickly, an ambulance paramedic told Melbourne radio. "The farmer's wife followed the kangaroo because he was acting out of character," he added. Mr Richards' 19-year-old son told Reuters news agency: "It was so lucky. Dad could have been there for hours if it wasn't for her (the kangaroo)." She was once wild, the paramedic said, but had been adopted by the family because she was blind in one eye. Mr Richards was taken to a Melbourne hospital with suspected head injuries, but was allowed home on Sunday night.


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