So... sometimes living in Australia sucks balls.....
WARNING: CONTAINS IMAGERY OF GORE, DO NOT CLICK IF YOU'RE EASILY OFFENDED.
Long story short-ish:
Got up for work on what was to be my 3rd last day for the year (then holidays, finally!). It's 4:45am and I'm heading up the usual roadway to work. All seems rather calm and quiet, unusual for me as I generally get caught behind a truck or two doing waaaay under the speed limit. So yeah, this unsettled me a little, but on I drove. About 2kms out from home I'm driving up the usual hill on the usual road travelled to work.
What the EFF WAS THAT?
Out of no where, a rogue 'Roo as big as friggin' Arnie jumps out from a property on the left side of the car and collides directly into the side of my baby with a loud thud.
I gathered my thoughts momentarily before pulling up on the side of the road a bit further up. I figured, it wasn't THAT bad of a hit, but I best check any damage. Welp.... let's just say a ~80kg roo and thin steel panels on a car don't mix.....
So after surveying said damage (see pics above), I headed back down the road from whence I came to see if there was any sign of the rogue. Not a thing, no blood, no other bits or pieces... nothing..... I was scared, to say the least (and felt really bad for the Roo after getting over my initial shock/anger at the situation). So I said... 'Bugger going to work now.... cars fucked... and I can't deal with that shit right now'. Made a call to my insurance company about half hour after the incident, they were very helpful and sympathetic. Car goes in to be fixed next week-ish and should be done by the time I go back to work.
Never heard or saw of the 'Roo again since, hopefully he survived (unlikely) but if he didn't I hope he didn't suffer too much. I copped a heap of hate from a couple of family members on my personal FB page about 'not going back and putting it out of it's misery' or 'WHAT ABOUT THE ROO? POOR THING IS DYING THERE ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD'..... -_- Two things... FUCK YOU, don't worry about me or anything.... The other thing, learn to read before jumping to conclusions, bitches... I WENT BACK, ROO WASN'T THERE..... bugger going into the scrub lookin' for a fucked up Arnie that probably would take my eyes out if I even went near it.... /rant
So in short... car's totaled (repairable though which is good... in a way...), I nearly died... (if it had hit head on, I possibly would not be here to tell the tale) and I'm out of pocket to pay for the damages to be repaired.
THIS IS WHY I WANT A PIC OF ME HOLDING A ROO'S HEAD (see thread here)
So yeah, be mindful of animals on the road, anywhere, but ESPECIALLY Australia. Also, NEVER swerve to miss them, this is how people end up losing control and doing more damage to themselves than if they didn't swerve. I've seen it too much on the news lately about people trying to do the right thing and avoid hitting animals (which is commendable, I might add and probably instinct anyway), but then paying with their own lives.