A love affair in the tiny outback town of Aileron in the Northern Territory has tourists stopping in their tracks.
The lovestruck pair – a pig and a kangaroo – have formed a “rare and surprising” intimate physical bond.
The animals’ owner Greg Dick told the Northern Territory News that tourists were often taken aback at the sight of the kangaroo, named “F**k It”, mounting Apples the pig by the side of the road.
Mr Dick introduced Apples a year ago and said it was “love at first sight”.
“It just happened on the first day,” he said. “It’s quite an unusual thing.
“I tried to take the pig away the other day and the kangaroo nearly tore the fence down.”
Sydney visitor Ryan Frazer was stunned to witness the bizarre behaviour during a recent trip to the outback.
“We were a bit stunned. I was with my boss and it was a bit awkward,” he told NT News.
“They were nudging each other then he mounted her.
“Then when the pig mounted the kangaroo … I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Mr Frazer said Aileron locals told him that the once aggressive kangaroo became calmer when the pig came into his life.
Mr Dick said F**k It showed no signs of leaving town now that he had a lover.
“If I leave the gate open, he just comes and sleeps on my veranda,” he said.
Mark Eldridge, principal research scientist at the Australian Museum, said the behaviour of the kangaroo was aberrant.
“Hand-raised kangaroos or kangaroos that are habituated to people and other animals can display atypical behaviours,” he said.
“I know other cases where hand-raised kangaroos and wallabies don’t think of themselves as kangaroos any more and see other animals as potential sexual partners.”