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Roger the muscle-bound kangaroo, who crushed a metal bin like it was a paper cup, has died at the age of 12.

The kangaroo became famous online after the sanctuary shared photos of the ripped roo crushing metal buckets with its paws, flexing its pecs and kickboxing. The caretaker announced the animal's death in a video posted to Facebook on Saturday. "He grew up to be a kangaroo that people from all over the world have grown to love as much as we love him too".

While Roger's size and strength weren't entirely unique, his hench stature still set him apart from many other male kangaroos.

The kangaroo grew to two metres tall and weighed 89kg. In the National Geographic clip, the narrator explains that Roger was truculent toward Barns because he viewed him as a threat to his "harem" of wives.

According to the wildlife carer, Roger passed away of old age. He had a great life and was much loved by all.

As someone who has spent several very-hungover mornings literally weeping at how precious all the kangaroos and joeys are at the Alice Springs sanctuary, I'm genuinely upset that sweet Roger has hopped over the rainbow bridge and into the big desert in the sky.

"I bolted. I was running faster than Usain Bolt to get away from him", Barns said, recalling how he tried to cut away from the charging kangaroo and caught his foot in the ground, incurring the damage.

He said Roger had been buried in the sanctuary so "he will always be here". He was a glorious 12 years old. He will always be here, and we've laid him to rest out here so he can be with his family.


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