Rescued kangaroo insists on daily couch cuddles with dad

No one would ever say ‘no’ to some relaxing time on a very comfortable sofa, with the favorite TV show playing on. But when this is your daily routine, that might be a bit too much. Well, that’s how this lazy kangaroo is spending his days. Everybody, meet Rufus, the most spoiled joey in the world.


Now over 4-year-old, Rufus’ life wasn’t always like that. Rescued when he was eight-month-old, the kangaroo ended at the Patch Kangaroo Sanctuary in Boston, South Australia. Fortunately, here he found all the love and comfort he ever needed , in Kym Haywood and her husband Neil – the ones who run the sanctuary. Both the caring couple, and the rescued kangaroo, became extremely attached to each other, so Kym and Neil decided to keep Rufus inside their house. Now, he acts like owns the place, or at least the couch.


Rufus loves to spend his days laying on the comfortable sofa, and to cuddle with his dad. But both Neil and Kym, soon realized the sofa might not be big enough for all of them. In fact Rufus wants it all for himself, and for his dad sometimes. Because from time to time he asks him for some belly rubs, and Neil gladly deliver it.


“When he started doing it we thought it was the cutest thing ever and we could see that Rufus was very different to the others and how much he loved the couch and how safe he felt there,” Kym explained. “He goes into the deepest sleep as he knows he is very safe there and doesn’t mind watching a bit of TV, as well.”

However, the Haywoods don’t even mind there’s no more space for them on the couch. The most important for them is to see Rufus if feeling comfortable and happy!

Watch Rufus’ reaction when his mom let him know is bedtime!

“We really just go along with what makes him happy,” Rufus mom said. “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.”


Although they love Rufus like their own baby, these gentle people still have the heart for other animals in need, as well. At the moment, they’ve been taking care of 28 rescued kangaroos, two wombats and two wallaroos, at their sanctuary. “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 proudly Kym.

You can stay in touch with Rufus by following him on Instagram.

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