Fun Fact #1 — Kangaroo Sighting in Watsons CornersHave you seen one of these lately? Local character Herb Butts swore he had seen a Kangaroo by his woodshed. Herb by the way was the only person to ever see this Kangaroo!! Local Game Wardens were out tracking but to no avail! Anyone know Wayne Rostad (of Country Report at the time)? – Well he showed up wearing an Australian Bush hat checking all kinds of leads in this case. Watsons Corners became known as the Kangaroo Capital of Canada! Thanks goes to the Lanark Era – March 28, 1985-Lanark & District 200th Settlement Anniversary
Thanks to all the peeps on the beloved
Darlene MacDonaldWayne Rostad wrote/sang a song about this!
Pat G13 hours
I remember hearing about this. My dad thought it might be due to the bootleg whiskey Dan Hannah was rumoured to be selling out of his store.
It was sad to see the slow decline in customers that put him out of business. We would try to buy something from him every visit.
Rasa ElliottI saw a small deer by the side of the road a couple of days ago facing away from me and looking back, looked exactly like a kangaroo.
Beverly PillonRemember the T-shirts
Bev JacksonKen Jackson and Brian Parsons wrote the original version of the song It was sang many a time at local house gatherings I must say they did a great job !!
Nora CromwellThey did a great job on this song, Bev. I still catch myself singing it every once in a while. My sister Barb and I were singing it last Sunday.
Anna ElizabethI went into the Watsons corners hall with some friends once and they looked at all the kangaroo decor and said “what’s with the all the kangaroos?” I looked at them and all I said was “this is the kangaroo Capitol of Canada.” Sometimes I forget that people dont know the story. Fun fact, I was one of the kangaroo mascots at the winter carnival when I was a kid.
Wendy WarkWhat quite a story at one time !!!
Rose Lathan–There’s actually a lot of people who claim to have seen kangaroos all over Canada Peter Zoskia CBC did a show on it
Tammy MacKenzieI suspect this links to poor Wendell the wallaby, who was missing from Saunders’ for some time after a storm broke the fencing, and was sighted in many areas. Lots of people were following up on sightings, and I remember doing so for one. That was late 2008. read-So…. We drove by Kangaroo Crescent
Marcie TompkinsNow I know why people asked us if we’d seen any kangaroos. Not being from the area, we had no idea what the story was. But my husband pointed out one night that a deer doing it’s business could look like a kangaroo if you’d had too much to drink
Wesley Parsons– I spent a lot of time in Watsons Corners as a young lad – and this story was well known, I spent many car rides looking out the windows on those backwoods for any sign of a Roo. From what I recall – there were at least two farmers that had been known to bring in foreign animals without a clue how to keep them contained and the animals usually wandered off.I remember one old guy wanted his own Buffalo so he bought one and had it delivered. The next day the Buffalo headed west and just walked through the fencing of every farm in it’s path for several miles – a buffalo will push a fence down and keep going – a cow will just turn and head another direction.Things like that are not uncommon – just last week someones peacocks got loose in Almonte – they’re native to India but it’s not uncommon to see them on a farm in Ontario. Kangaroos have the ability to acclimatize as well – lots of places in Australia get snow – they develop a heavier coat and they graze eat like deer so it’s possible for them to survive through our winters…I never saw any in Watsons Corners myself but many claim that they did.
K P I don’t mind to tell you that 40 years ago I got lost in the bush between Robertson Lake and Watson’s Corners and I was never so happy when I emerged and saw the ghost sign on a building that said Kangaroo something-or-other. Prior to that I thought I was going to be a permanent resident in the woods. I didn’t care how or why it had that name, I was just happy to see sunlight, and a sign that let me know humans had once been here
Wildlife officers have examined tracks found in the area. They were five inches long, more than two inches wide and about seven inches apart. Bruce Turner, an Ontario predator control officer, said the tracks were too old for a full analysis but they may have belonged to a large jackrabbit or three-legged coyote. “Anything is possible,” he said. Meanwhile, rumors abound about a Frontenac County man who imported several kangaroos a few years ago and kept them on his farm. They all escaped. “I wouldn’t be surprised if a kangaroo was out there,” said a spokesman for the Australian high commission in Ottawa. “They could probably hang on for a while unless caught in a large snowdrift or something.” Watsons Corners is about 45 miles south of Ottawa.
They’re very hardy in Australia,” said a spokesman for the Australian High Commission. “They don’t live above the snowline but they’re, pretty tough creatures.” . Federal government have reported no ‘requests from Australian kangaroos for landed immigrant status, so how did this thing get her? .- –‘ No kangaroo farms in the’, area, you say. – – . – A Frontenac County man imported three of four of them a few years ago and penned them, on his- farm near Sharbot Lake All got away.” And as for the Lanark County mystery? Deer, jackrabbit, coyote or Ottawa Valley Sasquatch … it just might be a kangaroo at that .—The Ottawa JournalOttawa, Ontario, CanadaThu, Jan 03, 1974 · Page 4
Kangaroo WATSONS CORNERS (CP) Herb Butt says he saw a kangaroo bouncing through the bush near here and not everyone is laughing at him. Mr. Butt, a local farmer, says he saw the animal several times in the fall and again the last few weeks when he was cutting Christmas trees. He says the animal was about four feet tall with a small face and large round eyes. “It had two long ears, a small nose, white strips in back of the ears and it moved on its back feet only,” says Mr. Butt. “It didn’t look like anything I’ve ever seen before. It’s ears were as long as the distance from my hand to my elbow.” Wildlife officers have examined tracks found in the area. They were five inches long, more than two inches wide and about seven inches apart. Bruce Turner, an Ontario predator control officer, said the tracks were too old for a full analysis but they may have belonged to a large jackrabbit or three-legged coyote. “Anything is possible,” he said. Meanwhile, ‘ rumors abound about a Frontenac County man who imported several kangaroos a few years ago and kept them on his farm. They all escaped and were never found.The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
04 Jan 1974, Fri • Page 3
Jeff and wife Bev and children Sally (10), Luke, (8) and Ben (3) visited the Corners and its focal point Hannah’s General Store. ; They came away sporting T-shirts with a ‘ legend bearing witness to their visit to the “Kangaroo Capital of Canada.” The Morrises are returning to Sydney after a three-year tour of duty in Ottawa sadly, because they’ve become addicted to this place. At a farewell dinner given by some of; his friends, Jeff was presented with a tankard saluting his successful attempts to introduce more Canadians to the glory of Australia’s Swan Lager. To top it off, up stepped Don Hueston with the toy kangaroo a gift from the folks of the Kangaroo Capital. In return, Geoff promised to seek out a Watson’s Corners in Australia for twinning ceremonies. The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
09 Aug 1977, Tue • Page 45
If you check below the picture they have mugs, shirts, masks etc etc.