On my first trip outside of North America, I went to Australia to be a volunteer conservation worker. Over 6 weeks, I travelled with other volunteers to several small towns in southern Queensland.
On one of our days off, we took in some local sights in the park, including a visit to Lake Wyara (a land-locked salt water lake nowhere near the ocean) and the Granites (an area with large-ish boulders you can climb to look out at the surrounding areas).
We saw plenty of wildlife, including kangaroos and emus, while we were in the park.
One evening on our way back to where we were staying, right around dusk, a kangaroo came out of nowhere from the side of the road—I don’t think you’d call it running since they jump, but it was at a galloping pace—and it ran right into the side of our truck, bounced off (looking a little stunned), and kept going like it was no big deal. As we were on a sandy/dirt road, we were not going particularly fast. Fortunately, the kangaroo also only clipped us.
After that, we assigned the role of “kangaroo watcher” to whomever was sitting in the passenger seat. Still to this day, I wonder what the kangaroo must thought after the collision … and if it thought we were the ones who appeared out of nowhere!
Ha ha! what an amazing story. I've heard kangaroos are tough but never imagined they were that tough!
Here's my analysis of the story:
Trigger: Kangaroo smacking into the truck
Problem: Nobody was prepared for a kangaroo attack (of sorts)
Quest: To prevent further kangaroo interactions
Resolution: An assigned kangaroo watcher
Purpose: To keep everyone safe while travelling through Australia