I would love to be hugged by a kangaroo. Or a big, soft tiger. Or a Snorlax. And I know that last one is a Pokémon, but we’re talking wildest dreams and wishes here, not reality. For Linda Davies, my fantasy is her everyday life. She manages Two Songs Sanctuary in Port Lincoln, South Australia, which gives a permanent home to orphaned wombats and kangaroos. One of those roos, Erik, loves giving his momma giant hugs to show his love. But clearly this good boy doesn’t know his own strength, cuz a hug from Erik means being totally enveloped and almost getting your head crushed. No concept of personal space, this one!
Here’s Erik the Kangaroo doing his thing:
And he does it with Linda’s co-manager, Bronte Larking, as well. I guess that’s his Daddy:
One commenter asked if Erik has always been so affectionate with his humans, and the Two Songs Instagram account replied, “Yep he’s been a sooky Lala.” I don’t speak Australian, so I can’t translate. But the takeaway is that, yes, this baby has always loved extreme cuddling.
Now, if Linda has any brains, she’ll stay far, far away from the Sarah Jessica Parker perfume that drove that one kangaroo from Melbourne into a murderous rage. Because if Erik becomes scent-crazed, his hard hugs will transform into actual death squeezes! He’ll go full Lennie from Of Mice and Men! And we alllll know what happens to Lennie at the end of that book. He hops happily into the Australian Outback, never to be seen again!