OK, yeah. I know. It’s been a while. I can’t make excuses, other than to say that running a family and career takes almost all my time these days.
Anyhow, something happened this morning that is worthy of recording for posterity. Mrs BWM left for the early shift at work. About half a mile from the house she came across the body of a dead animal by the side of the road.
Now, roadkill deer are pretty common in these parts, mostly Muntjac and Chinese Water Deer, and you quickly get used to them. But Mrs BWM has obviously picked up some of my roadkill obsession because she had a good look as she drove past.
And it wasn’t a deer. It had a big long tail. And little short front legs. In her words “there’s a bl**dy dead kangaroo on the road!” She’s a great wife and she snapped a pic with her phone.
Yup – it’s a dead kangaroo. Actually, I’m no expert, but I’m guessing it’s a wallaby. I’m also guessing that it’s an escapee from the nearby safari park. There’s a rumour that there are a fair number of them living wild in the local area. This isn’t so far-fetched – there are a number of naturalised wallaby colonies in the UK, and frankly so many species have escaped from Woburn over the years and become naturalised (from Muntjac to Wels catfish) that one more isn’t surprising.
Mind you, if there were more of these in the area then I’d have expected to either have seen one or heard about them. If wallabies are hopping across the main road like this one did (albeit unsuccessfully) then you’d think more people would notice. As it is, there is someone in Bedfordshire now who is trying to explain that they got the dent in their car from crashing into a kangaroo last night…