Ballsy Kangaroo

In general, I don’t like vandalism, and especially vandalism to street signs. But if you checked out the “before and after” cassowary street sign from the last animal street sign post, you saw an example of a vandalism that I think is hilarious. I’d rather call this modification than vandalism, and I think it’s a lot of fun.

As we drove from Sydney to the Sunset Murray National Park in Victoria, we saw a lot of kangaroo street signs. We tend to not pay much attention to it since after being in Australia for a while, we saw so many of them.

Kangaroo street sign

So I was in a state of shock when I happened to actually pay attention to one of this sign:

The kangaroo had a pair of balls!!


I’m serious, it’s a male kangaroo street sign! Check this out:

Kangaroo street sign with balls modification

I was in shock. This came to my mind: Was it only me, never realizing that after all, those kangaroo signs have kangaroo balls in it? I even had a post about animal street signs, with pictures, and I forgot about the balls? That can’t be it!

You’ve got to forgive my silly thoughts, of course they wouldn’t print such a thing, but I was just waking up from my dreamy car-nap, I’m much more gullible in that state. And Aussies do have a pretty quirky sense of humour…

On closer inspection, it looked like some ballsy dudes added a piece of art to the regular neutered kangaroo. It’s just a piece of black duct-tape, cut in the shape of balls. What a genius idea! The blackness is matching color with the kangaroo body, and it’s waterproof so it will last for long time on the road in any weather.

Male specific kangaroo street sign detail

There you go, ballsy kangaroo! We love it. And turn out that there are several more “male” kangaroo signs along the way. We laughed. Funny to imagine this creator carrying a stack of ball-shaped duct-tape (or could also be cut one by one on spot), driving along and carefully sticking these pieces of art to the street sign. I want to give a shout out to whoever is behind it: Great job, guys, it was very entertaining!

Note: Despite the cuteness of the kangaroo street signs, the danger is real. Kangaroos are plentiful in the Australian outback, and driving at night can be really dangerous. Read the driving stories from Mike and Amanda about their dangerous encounters with kangaroos.

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Note: Despite the cuteness of the kangaroo street signs, the danger is real. Kangaroos are plentiful in the Australian outback, and driving at night can be really dangerous. Read the driving stories from Mike and Amanda about their dangerous encounters with kangaroos.

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44 Responses to “Ballsy Kangaroo”

  1. Jill - Jack and Jill Travel The World
    18 January 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    Those aussies…they’re all crazy in the head :p Probably from living with all of these dangerous animals that can be found in their continent.

  2. Trever Clark
    18 January 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    “In general, I don’t like vandalism, and especially vandalism to street signs.”

    I’ll be perfectly honest: I do like vandalism, especially vandalism to street signs. Bonus points in my book when said vandalism is humorous or gets a point across.
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  3. Jennifer Barry
    18 January 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    That would get my attention! It reminds me of the “truck balls” they sell in the US. You can buy these rubber things to hang off your back bumper which makes your car look like a boy.
    Jennifer Barry´s last post…8 Life Lessons from Ruby- Age 94

    • Dina
      18 January 2011 at 9:10 pm #

      Omg, haha, gross!

  4. Heather
    18 January 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    HAHA!! I’m going to have to keep my eyes peeled on the upcoming road trip for signs like this!!!!!!!!!!!1
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  5. Brooke, WhyGo Australia
    18 January 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    Haha humorous vandalism is the bomb :) Love this, Dina.
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    • Dina
      19 January 2011 at 1:28 am #

      Love it too :D

  6. Kieron
    18 January 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    Haha there was someone altering the signs in our local area a while ago, the local council wasn’t too impressed though. Unfortunately I couldn’t find all of the photos but here are a couple of funny ones I found!

    • Dina
      19 January 2011 at 1:29 am #

      Omg, love them, love them, love them!!! Hilarious, especially the hump one, the girl even have the pony tail!! Aussie’s sense of humor is great!

  7. Andrea
    18 January 2011 at 11:29 pm #

    Haha, that’s funny! Some of those kangaroos are certainly ballsy the way they take on the roads!

    • Dina
      19 January 2011 at 1:32 am #

      They are ballsy indeed, aren’t they! The pademelon in Tasmania was worse. It seems like during the night time, they enjoy the illuminated road by the car’s light. Now they can see the road, great time to cross the road, right?! So we saw a lot of them dashing crossing the road as we drove by. We drove really slow, don’t want to roll them over.

  8. Natalie
    20 January 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    That is funny Dina infact I envy the person who done it as they must have a lot of free time on their hands. Either that or they are trying to get noticed for their art work!

    • Dina
      21 January 2011 at 1:35 pm #

      I think both!

  9. Suzy
    21 January 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    I’m with you, I would love to see whoever goes around enriching the kangaroo street signs. I bet that person is just as humorous.
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    • Dina
      22 January 2011 at 1:20 am #

      And once we find them, they can tell us what other deeds they did :D

  10. Nancie
    22 January 2011 at 5:34 am #

    haha!………..too funny!

  11. Erica
    24 January 2011 at 1:15 am #

    I love street art like this – makes you double take on a monotonous subject. Someone I knew put googly eyes on adverts and it was always good for a chuckle.

    • Dina
      24 January 2011 at 2:14 am #

      It’s great isn’t it. It’s funny to imagine your friend (or whoever it is) carry a sack of googly eyes and glue to put them on adverts!

  12. ayngelina
    24 January 2011 at 7:58 am #

    I know I’m juvenile but things like that always make me laugh.
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    • Dina
      24 January 2011 at 7:20 pm #

      I can guess that you will like it based on your awesome blog posts :)

  13. Cam
    24 January 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    That’s a good one… nice catch!
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    • Dina
      24 January 2011 at 7:20 pm #

      Thanks, Cam! Are you guys currently in Canada or elsewhere? We are visiting Toronto now.

  14. TraceMyTrip
    24 January 2011 at 7:53 pm #

    I’m glad that was an artistic addition. For a second I thought it was a rare case of anatomical correctness rarely seen since Barbie and Ken.

    • Dina
      28 January 2011 at 10:58 pm #

      Haha, I’m glad they don’t make realistic Barbie and Ken for kids though!

  15. Zablon Mukuba
    25 January 2011 at 1:42 am #

    lol ballys kangaroo

  16. FearfulGirl
    29 January 2011 at 2:31 am #

    Maybe it’s a Banksy?

    • Dina
      30 January 2011 at 12:47 pm #

      Maybe! When he visited Australia! But then his works tend to be more complicated than that.

  17. Maria Pavel
    29 January 2011 at 6:28 pm #


    Funny post, made me laugh. Where would the World be without these comediants that do this kind of stuff? We need them ! I just love to see optimism and good sense of humour. Poor kangaroo, lol. Thanks for sharing the article, smiles + laughs.

    Best regards,

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    • Dina
      30 January 2011 at 12:48 pm #

      That’s one great thing about Australia, their sense of humor in modifying street signs. Love it!

  18. Christy @ Ordinary Traveler
    31 January 2011 at 1:12 am #

    This is hilarious! I never noticed any ballsy kangaroo signs while I was there, but most likely I was too focused on the fact that I was driving on the opposite side of the road. lol
    Christy @ Ordinary Traveler´s last post…Photo of the Week- Bondi Beach- Australia 17

    • Dina
      31 January 2011 at 4:36 am #

      Haha, that’s very important! Also we have to focus on kangaroos that are actually jump to the road, ballsy or not!

  19. Nowran
    3 February 2011 at 5:51 am #

    And did you know you can get coin wallets made out of kangaroo scrotums? Yuk!
    Nowran´s last post…Top 10 Australian Animals updated Thu Feb 3 2011 4-29 am CST

    • Dina
      13 February 2011 at 12:59 am #

      Haha, yes we were aware of that! Got some as souvenirs for friends back home :)

  20. Travelogged
    12 February 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    That’s hilarious & not what I was expecting from the title of the post :)

  21. Sofia - As We Travel
    12 February 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    Haha I love finding quirky things like that, gotta love the guys who put it there, they really bring some humor to the world ;)

    • Dina
      13 February 2011 at 1:00 am #

      Yes! the guys really have the balls :D

  22. Mathias
    18 March 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    Try to explain that sign to your children :)

    • Dina
      25 March 2011 at 1:52 pm #

      Haha, first day of anatomy learning?

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