Footage shows an adorable orphaned kangaroo joey being very affectionate with her handler. The little orphaned joey Indi is cared for by Chris 'Brolga' Barns at The Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs, central Australia.

Indi, who was rescued in June, can be seen grabbing hold of Mr Barns' arms and hugging him. Mr Barns is also known as 'Kangaroo Dundee' because of his work rescuing injured and orphaned kangaroos.

He was working as a tour guide in the Northern Territory and realised there was a need for a place to take care of orphaned and injured kangaroos.

The Kangaroo Dundee established the 36-hectare Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs in 2005 where he rescues orphaned kangaroos, often acting as their surrogate mother. His work has also been subject of a hit BBC documentary series 'Kangaroo Dundee', capturing the day-to day-happenings at the sanctuary.

Mr Barns was also nominated for Australian of the Year in 2014.

The kangaroo is a symbol of Australia and appears on the Australian coat of arms and on some of its currency and is used by some of Australia's well known organisations, including Qantas[6] and the Royal Australian Air Force. The kangaroo is important to both Australian culture and the national image, and consequently there are numerous popular culture references.

Wild kangaroos are shot for meat, leather hides, and to protect grazing land. Although controversial, kangaroo meat has perceived health benefits for human consumption compared with traditional meats due to the low level of fat on kangaroos. The kangaroo has always been a very important animal for Aboriginal Australians, for its meat, hide, bone, and tendon. Kangaroo hides were also sometimes used for recreation; in particular there are accounts of some tribes (Kurnai) using stuffed kangaroo scrotum as a ball for the traditional football game of marngrook. In addition, there were important Dreaming stories and ceremonies involving the kangaroo. Aherrenge is a current kangaroo dreaming site in the Northern Territory.

Unlike many of the smaller macropods, kangaroos have fared well since European settlement. European settlers cut down forests to create vast grasslands for sheep and cattle grazing, added stock watering points in arid areas, and have substantially reduced the number of dingoes.

Kangaroos are shy and retiring by nature, and in normal circumstances present no threat to humans. In 2003, Lulu, an eastern grey which had been hand-reared, saved a farmer's life by alerting family members to his location when he was injured by a falling tree branch. She received the RSPCA Australia National Animal Valour Award on 19 May 2004.


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