National Geographic : 1955 Oct
496 Alfred M. Bailey Piston Legs Carry a Red Across Sun-baked Plains at 30 Miles an Hour In Australia's outback, where forage is sparse and water holes far apart, the kangaroo must roam vast distances. He does so in soaring broad jumps, forepaws tucked in, and head and tail in balance. To make this sequence, the photographer paced the kangaroo in an automobile. stations, and mining camps. Loin and tail (for soup) are specially prized; other parts are generally coarse and gamy. One evening we camped west of Melville Bay by a stream the natives called Kwaituru muru. A wallaby had been killed by one of the natives for the evening meal, and as usual I intended to save its skin and skull as scien tific specimens. Since it was a female, I looked into the pouch; sure enough, there was the limp body of a joey about eight inches long. It would make a fine addition to my collec tion of pouch young, I thought. Suddenly a small black hand darted into the pouch and seized the joey. I found my self engaged in a struggle for possession of the prized specimen. My opponent was 4 year-old Bilibili, youngest member of our party and until that time a good friend of mine. Scientist's Zeal vs. Tribal Custom The dispute was finally settled in my favor when Bilibili's mother intervened, laughing at my discomfiture. The young aborigine re tired only slightly mollified by an extra ration of the hard candy that Australians call "lollies."