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Natural World: Kangaroo Dundee

Natural World: Kangaroo Dundee

Sat Jan 26, 8.30-9.30pm, BBC2

By Phil Harrison
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A fatal touch of anthropomorphism stalks this documentary about Brolga, a big, beefy Aussie who has dedicated his life to outback kangaroos. The music is overblown and a little emotionally manipulative. Brolga asserts that one baby roo is suffering from stress – as if a young marsupial has anything to worry about, beyond bouncing around kicking the shit out of his mates. But it’s still good fun – kangaroos are innately likeable creatures and Brolga’s care for them is touching, albeit slightly weird. Brolga lives among the roos and, although he hasn’t quite gone the full Timothy Treadwell, when he repeatedly calls the beasts his ‘family’, you have to wonder what’s happened to his relationship with his own clan. Still, we get to see inside a kangaroo’s pouch so it can’t be all bad.

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