“Rufus the Couch Kangaroo,” a 4-year-old kangaroo known as a ‘hum-aroo’ for his habit of lounging on the couch, watching TV, is popular on social media.
“He’s always been very different than our other kangaroos. We call him a hum-aroo because some of his mannerisms are so human,” said Kym Haywood, a wildlife carer. She adopted Rufus and runs Pumpkin’s Patch Kangaroo Sanctuary in Boston, South Australia.
Rufus, according to Haywood, hops into the home every day at 5:30 p.m. to sit on the couch and watch TV, a behavior he started as a joey (baby kangaroo).
He recently fell asleep and declined to wake up, despite Haywood’s husband’s best efforts to get him to go outside by feeding him grapes. Rufus usually gets off the couch to sleep outside at night.
Haywood told Australian Community Media that she had to get Rufus out since he would like to go out later anyway.
“I have to let him out, otherwise he’ll wake up an hour later and wake me up to let him out. We have, a couple of times, let him stay overnight when it’s bad weather but he never wants to stay in the whole night”, she said.
According to Haywood, Rufus has had a habit of sitting on the couch since he was eight months old in 2017. His mother was hit and killed by a car.
“He basically discovered the couch and that’s it. From all the others, he just has his routine. We’re just happy they’re all not like him!”
Rufy, the kangaroo’s nickname, tumbles even more into the couch and hides his head as Haywood tells him that it is time for bed.
“We didn’t get him off as he loved it but just covered the couch with mattress protectors for any accidents.” Haywood said according to the Daily Mail. “We really just go along with what makes him happy.”
“He does get a bit cranky, if he doesn’t want to be bothered by us sitting next to him, he will just gently push us off.”
The couch kangaroo “does watch TV,” said Haywood.
“I don’t know if he’s watching it like we’re watching but sometimes he had his face right up at the TV—something just captures his attention,” she said according to the Lithgow Mercury.
Haywood takes care of 28 kangaroos at the sanctuary, two wallaroos, and two wombats. She has been rescuing orphaned joeys for more than four years.
“I’ve always been an animal lover and know—with having the sanctuary—I know what I was put on this earth to do,” said Haywood.
Even though Rufus the Couch Kangaroo has many Internet followers, Haywood says funding their animal refuge is still a challenge.
“Definitely, donations are always very well appreciated.” Haywood said. “At the moment, we’re trying really build another shelter for the kangaroos but it’s difficult on a single wage.”