Watch where roo are going! Kangaroo falls into the water while taking a casual hop past a marina
- An absent-minded kangaroo accidentally jumps off a jetty into the water
- TikTok of the incident went viral and was seen over 4.6 million times
- The responses included many users concerned for the kangaroo’s wellbeing
A kangaroo that was hopping happily alongside a marina has paid the price for not watching where it was going, with video showing the distracted marsupial suddenly falling into the water.
The video was uploaded to TikTok, where it has since been watched over 4.6 million times.
The animal hopped from a grass verge, to a concrete footpath, but then failed to adjust course and fell into the gap between the path and the mooring.
A video of a kangaroo bouncing along beside a jetty (pictured above) – then absent-mindedly leaping into the water – was uploaded to TikTok, where it has since been watched over 4.6 million times
Though kangaroos are capable swimmers, this did not appear to be a voluntary dip, as the marsupial lifted its front legs sharply in apparent surprise as it plummeted into the water.
The site of the mishap was not disclosed, but the woman who posted the TikTok, Carley Willmott, lives on the Gold Coast.
The video drew many amused comments but also concern for the roo’s welfare.
Others pointed out that the macropods are competent swimmers – with some accounts of them managing swims of several hundred metres – as they use their powerful tails to propel through the water.
Some also pointed out that roos have been known to drown other animals – such as dogs – in water.
The roo doesn’t appear to be going swimming deliberately, as it reaches out its arms for stability when it realises there’s nothing under its feet. But it’s too late and the animal hits the water with a big splash (pictured)
‘You can easily tell the difference between Australian and American comments on here,’ said one man.
One commenter claimed the roo had to be euthanised by the local RSPCA, but the Queensland RSPCA told Daily Mail Australia it knew nothing about the incident or the claim.