In one of the more adorable scenes ever to take place on a golf course, a mob of kangaroos hopped onto the fairway at an Australian golf course and watched as a golfer was teeing up her shot.
Amateur golfer Wendy Woo did not back down when the kangaroo posse advanced upon her at Arundel Hills Country Club. In fact, she appeared to be tickled by the new onlookers, glancing back at the camera, laughing and throwing her hands up, as if to say, “What next?”
After lining up to stare at Woo, the kangaroos went on about their merry way, and the golfer was able to proceed with her game.
“Absolutely gold and only in Australia,” she posted to Instagram later.
Watch a video of the marsupial sports fans here:
Kangaroos Coexist with Golfers on Multiple Australian Golf Courses
Cute as that sight was, turns out it’s not unique to Arundel Hills. There are multiple golf courses in Australia that are populated by kangaroos.
Anglesea Golf Course outside Melbourne is one, per Travel & Leisure. More than 300 Eastern Grey Kangaroos have made the golf course their habitat. For its part, the golf course instructs golfers on how to foster a “peaceful coexistence” with the marsupials, including asking golfers to be careful while golfing.
Sanctuary Point Country Club is another. In 2017, a somewhat more impatient golfer and his cameraman recorded a video on that golf course. Kangaroos were scattered all over the grass there. The duo boldly walked among them, dodging adults and joeys to get to the next hole. They did not wait for the kangaroos to move before taking a shot.
Watch the video here:
The Marsupials Are Friendly Unless Threatened
Kangaroos are grazers, which explains why they feel so at home on a grassy golf course. They have powerful hind legs, and large kangaroos use their tail as a sort of third leg to balance on when standing still, according to Britannica.
Kangaroos are friendly animals, but they can become aggressive if they feel threatened. You can tell a kangaroo is feeling threatened if it pounds the ground with its feet, per National Geographic.
It’s wise to avoid a tangle with a kangaroo. They can move quite fast – at over 30 mph – and jump as far as 30 feet. When they get in a fight, they use their hind legs to kick at their target, and they do occasionally bite.
Aside from humans, kangaroos’ only natural predators are the dingo and the wedge-tailed eagle. But habitat loss and climate change now also threaten the species. And several smaller species of kangaroos have gone extinct or are currently seriously endangered, likely due to foxes being introduced to Australia.