If you’ve spent quite a bit of time on the internet, you might’ve stumbled across Roger. But now, the famed marsupial is no longer with us.
The impressively buff red kangaroo has died aged 12, announced by The Kangaroo Sanctuary — the Australian refuge where he lived — in a Facebook post Saturday morning.
“Sadly Roger has passed away of old age,” reads the post. “He lived a lovely long life and was loved by millions around the world. We will always love you and miss you Roger.”
Roger became internet famous around 2015, when photos of him crushing buckets and looking frighteningly muscular circulated online.
Standing two metres tall (6 foot 5) and weighing 89 kilograms (196 pounds), Roger was found by the Sanctuary’s manager Chris Barnes as an orphan joey back in 2007.
Roger spent the rest of his life roaming The Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs, where he fought other kangaroos from time to time. As he got older though, Roger became less aggressive.
“He’s an old man who’s retired. And we love him a lot,” Barnes explained in a Facebook post earlier this year.
According to the University of Michigan, red kangaroos can live up to 22 years in the wild, but the average lifespan in captivity is 16.3 years.
Here’s to Roger, who’ll be crushing all the buckets in heaven.
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