The 'Big Red' bus
When the opportunity to do something a little outside the box comes knocking, Clive and Kathy are not known to shy away… especially from an adventure that means playing a tiny role in looking after an Australian icon.
Seven big red kangaroo joeys had to be relocated from the foster carers here in Glastonbury to the Australian Zoo owned Conservation Property at Westmar, near St George in western Queensland, and with no other suitable transportation vehicles available at this time a phone call to Roundabout Tours and the roos had a luxury coach to travel in.
When Clive told Ray what he was up to, young Ray couldn’t wait to join in. So very early Friday morning, so early that Thursday had barely finished, Clive and Ray parked the bus at Glastonbury and the long task of catching and sedating kangaroos began. The wheels didn’t start to roll for some time but the ‘Big Red’ Bus rolled out of the driveway well before dawn and headed west.
While technically seven kangaroos made the journey west, one little fella travelled in absolute luxury, possibly first class. Tucked up all snug inside his mummas pouch.
Our new friends and VIP passengers slept all the way to St George, thank fully.
A very long day, with many a bump in the road, and the roos were delivered safe and happy to their new home.
The homeward journey promised another first for Roundabout tours. A stop in Miles saw a young kangaroo board the bus for the return journey and then the next stop in Chinchilla – a wedge tailed eagle. These new guests were quite well behaved also and delivered safe and sound to Glastonbury.
While transporting livestock is not a regular thing for Roundabout Tours we pride ourselves on having an open mind and are proud to offer our services wherever we can.