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Roger, The Unbelievably Ripped Kangaroo, Has Died

Roger, The Unbelievably Ripped Kangaroo, Has Died

Roger, the "buff kangaroo", from The Kangaroo Sanctuary Alice Springs in Australia's Northern Territory, has died at the age of 12.

Mr Barnes found Roger as a joey in 2006 after the kangaroo's mother had been killed by a passing vehicle.

Roger initially hit the headlines when an image of him crushing a metal bucket using his massive muscles went viral in 2015.

"He lived a lovely long life and was loved by millions around the world", Chris Barns, owner of the Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs, where Roger lived.

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"So we will reflect on his life today and for the years to come".

Barns reared Roger by hand and soon chose to build his sanctuary to house Roger and other young orphaned kangaroos.

Roger, 12, died of natural causes while sleeping under his "favorite witchetty bush" in the Australian animal sanctuary where he grew up. "He's always aggressive", Barns added, acknowledging that a single blow from the kangaroo's arms or legs could seriously hurt or even kill him.

"He will always be here", Mr Barns said.

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In his later years, Roger had struggled with arthritis and fading vision, but was "loving his retirement", Mr Barns said in 2016. The last photo taken of Roger showed him idling on the ground as he waited to be fed.

Meanwhile a UK-based couple took to Facebook to say they were "truly saddened" to learn about the kangaroo's death, before adding he was a "magnificent chap and much loved here, in the United Kingdom, as well as all over the world".

In a video tribute on Facebook, he said he built the sanctuary to house Roger and "a couple of his wives, Ella and Abigail". Kangaroos can live for up to 23 years, according to National Geographic.

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