Only in Australia: Kangaroos take over Canberra during lockdown

Peak Australia in lockdown: Kangaroos take over city center after streets were empty and residents forced to stay at home

  • TikTok shows how a mob of kangaroos is taking over Canberra’s CBD during lockdown
  • Vision was captured in September, five weeks after the ACT home orders
  • The Canberrans will come out of lockdown at 11:59pm on Thursday


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A mob of kangaroos has been spotted taking over Canberra’s eerily quiet CBD, while residents were tucked away at home during lockdown.

As of September, footage has surfaced on TikTok showing three kangaroos leaping through the once bustling Civic Center in the nation’s capital.

“Canberra is being shut down, the city is now for kangaroos,” the caption read.

The unusual spectacle was filmed as the trio of kangaroos took advantage of the deserted city center, free of residents, five weeks after the lockdown.

Amused TikTok users took to the video to express how incredible it was to see nature reclaim the city.

“It’s amazing how nature reclaims itself,” one wrote.

A mob of kangaroos has taken over Canberra's Civic Center (pictured) as residents remain in lockdown until midnight Thursday

A mob of kangaroos has taken over Canberra’s Civic Center (pictured) as residents remain in lockdown until midnight Thursday

‘Take over kangaroo. The kangaroos are out there more than the local people at the moment,” another commented.

“This is so cool, let them have fun while it’s quiet,” added a third.

Others took the opportunity to make their best road jokes, with one user writing:

“At least they stop at the stop sign.”

Canberrans are set to come out of lockdown at 11:59pm on Thursday, but it isn’t the first time kangaroos have been spotted so close to urban areas in the area.

On Saturday, a room was filmed skipping a footpath in Mort Street near the Civic bus interchange, much to the amazement of witnesses.

The room bounced off the road, passed a construction site before heading toward Braddon.

Last month, a distressed Lake Burley Griffin kangaroo was rescued after becoming trapped in icy shallow water.

As viral images of the brave rescue warmed hearts around the world, it was later revealed that the sick kangaroo had to be euthanized due to his poor physical condition.

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service reminded the community to always seek professional help if a native animal is in danger.

“Give the animal space and watch it from a distance – leave enough space for the animal to leave the area,” the spokesperson said.

Images of the trio appeared on TikTok in September, five weeks after the closing of the ACT

Images of the trio appeared on TikTok in September, five weeks after the closing of the ACT

Images of the trio appeared on TikTok in September, five weeks after the closing of the ACT

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