“One of our guests arrived a couple of months ago and found him out under one of the bridges between here and Alice. They noticed he was so friendly and a lovely bird.”
“[Tourists] come up and see Cluck and it gives them a good laugh. They think it’s hilarious that he eats with them. He almost looks like he’s chatting with them.”
Cain Powell, who serves as the roadhouse’s wildlife warrior, reckons he’s never seen anything quite like how Cluck has assimilated with the roos.
“Never a kangaroo. A dog, a cat, but never a kangaroo. This is the first one I’ve seen, and he’s doing a pretty good job of it too. He likes to bite like a kangaroo, and he likes to have a kick like a kangaroo as well.”“He’s exactly the same, like the other ‘roos. They will come up and always want to get a pat off me, and he will want to come up and get a pat off me.”“He is the lowest in the pecking order of course, but they do all right with him. He’s got a very good temperament for a rooster.”
The ABC has many, many more photos of Cluck with his roos mates (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED VIEWING) and frankly with the way everything else is going in the world, we could certainly use a feel-good yarn about a chook and some kangaroos chilling out and being mates in the scorching middle of nowhere.