These kangaroos were light heartedly ‘boxing’ with each other which is usually associated with mating rights. There was a female looking on and by the look on her face she was thinking ‘ho hum here they go again… as if I’ll have either of them! Humph!!’ I think the large male was humouring the young upstart who seemed to be getting quite worked up while the seasoned male remained very cool!
The picture of a boxing kangaroo has become a national symbol, frequently displayed at sporting events.It rose to prominence in 1983 when the Australia II team won the America’s Cup. The Australian crew raised the Boxing Kangaroo as their sporting battle flag.
The Australian Olympic Committee bought the rights to the Boxing Kangaroo image during the late 1980s and it has become synonymous with Australia’s proud sporting heritage and as such has become arguably Australia’s favourite supporter mascot.