Mr Barnes, who is in his 40s, started his new life 20 years ago after rescuing three joeys and realising they couldn't go back to the wild.
What a spiritual, mystical man Chris Barnes is: when he a finds female kangaroo lying on the side of the road, killed by a car, he checks for a baby and says: "I often say to the mum who's lying there: 'I'll look after your baby'. To me, it's like resurrecting life from death". He also eschews guns, preferring to humanely trap the dogs who come prowling around his kangaroo reserve, then he takes them to the dog rescue centre in Alice Springs.
Chris Barnes said he'd like to meet a woman who understands that animals come first in his life - he's up feeding baby kangaroos at all hours of the day and night. Now that sounds right up my alley! The two activities that make me feel equally engaged and fulfilled are sitting in front of my computer writing, reading and researching, and working with animals as I did in Ecuador - feeding, cleaning, interacting.
POSTSCRIPT ~ Sunday 3 March 2013
Someone pointed out to me: The main reason that the whole female population of the UK (and other places) wants to descend on Kangaroo Dundee in Australia is that kangaroos are cute. Would he be attracting the same level of interest if his chosen speciality was, say, crocodiles?
Quotes from the South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony (1950-2012):