Posted 8 months ago
Australians will say (ruefully or proudly, depending on their view) that we are the only country that eats the animals on it's coat of arms!
That is: the emu and kangaroo.
Since white settlement in Australia there has been a large increase in the number of kangaroo, wallaby and wallaroo mainly due to the reduction of forest and the increase in pasture land. There is a reasonable sized industry in Australia harvesting these macropods but they are not allowed to be farmed in the sense that they are grown in captive numbers. Instead a census is taken each year of animal numbers in various parts of the country and licensed harvesters are then given range areas and numbers to "harvest". These culls are closely monitored as is the processing of kangaroo meat and other products. Of course, these managed culls are disputed by some parts of the Australian community, even though kangaroo meat production has less impact on our land that beef or lamb production.
This is not an environmentally political post however! I just want to show some of my 'roo items.
1. 1960s pillow made from kangaroo and sheep skin. As is often the case, Tasmania is left off the map!.
2. A handbag made from wallaroo skin (it's fluffier), a makeup purse from red kangaroo, and a fur and rhinestone brooch.
3. My 3 toy koalas made from a variety of wallaroo, grey and red kangaroo fur. Beady glass eyes, and because these are probably 60s or 70s, plastic noses and claws.
4. Also included is a toy wombat made from wallaroo fur. He's a favorite because not so many of them were made, and wombats being so big and simple touch a special place in my heart!
See also the post from @Attwood where Rose shows her lovely collection: