Internet sensation Roger the Buff Kangaroo dies

World famous metal bucket crushing kangaroo dies aged 12

The animal, who was 6ft 7in and weighed 14 stone (89 kilos), became famous in 2015 when a photo of him crushing the bucket went viral.

Chris Barns rescued Roger in infancy from the side of a road in northern Australia after a driver struck and killed his mother.

Since the kangaroo's death was announced on the sanctuary's Facebook page on Saturday (Dec 8), many netizens from around the world have sent Barns their condolences.

He lived to the age of 12 at the Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs, Australia.

"Roger was our alpha male for many years". So we will reflect on his life today and for many years to come.

Australia has been paying its last tributes to beefcake kangaroo Roger, who hit global headlines in 2015 with a photo of himself crushing a metal feed bucket.

"Better the bucket than me!"

R.I.P. Roger. You will be missed. He wanted a piece of me - there's no doubt about that.

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"He's an old man now and although still very big and strong he's an old man and old men don't fight", Mr Barns said in a video posted to social media.

"Roger is a bit like a delinquent son".

"We've laid him to rest out here so he can be with his family". He's part of me as I hope I'm a part of him. To woo female kangaroos, males must be adept wrestlers and kickboxers; they build strength as a matter of necessity by engaging in hand-to-hand combat.

Mr Barns set up the sanctuary as a place to raise him. He started to let Barns pat him on the body.

Image: The last picture of Roger, taken a few days before he died.

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". "He was so well loved by you all".

Kangaroos normally live to be 12 years old in the wild, he added.

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