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Meet 'Cluck Norris', the outback rooster who thinks he is a kangaroo

Cluck Norris with Kangaroos at Erldunda
Cluck Norris is now 'one of the family' at Erldunda

ABC Rural: Katrina Beavan

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Roadhouses in regional and rural Australia have long tried to set themselves apart from the rest.

As a result, a traveller does not have to go far in the outback without stumbling across something a bit special.

In the Northern Territory, there are weird, wacky and wonderful things to be found at many stops along the way.

At Erldunda Roadhouse, about 200 kilometres south of Alice Springs, there is a rooster that thinks it is a kangaroo.

Kira Boswell, the roadhouse's site manager, said they had named the rogue fowl Cluck Norris.

"One of our guests arrived a couple of months ago and found him [Cluck] out under one of the bridges between here and Alice," Ms Boswell said.

"They looked around the area and couldn't find a home or anyone he belonged to, so they rocked up to the roadhouse and asked if we could accommodate him."

Rooster 'Cluck Norris' with kangaroos at Erldunda Roadhouse
Rooster 'Cluck Norris' who thinks he's a kangaroo lives at Erldunda Roadhouse

ABC Rural: Katrina Beavan

Ms Boswell said they took him in and put him with their kangaroos, and now he thinks he is one of them.

As for the name, Ms Boswell said that was her partner's genius.

"We just thought it was a real fitting name for him and he wears it well."

Lowest in pecking order

Cain Powell, Wildlife Warrior at the Erldunda Roadhouse, said he had seen roosters impersonate animals before, but not like this.

"Never a kangaroo. A dog, a cat, but never a kangaroo. This is the first one I've seen, and he's doing a pretty good job of it too," Mr Powell said.

"He's exactly the same, like the other 'roos. They will come up and always want to get a pat off me, and he will want to come up and get a pat off me."

Mr Powell said Cluck had learnt the behaviour after just two months of living with the kangaroos, and thankfully they were all getting along.

Cluck Norris sitting on the wildlife carer's foot at Erldunda Roadhouse
Cluck Norris has a great temperament thanks to his kangaroo mates.

ABC Rural: Katrina Beavan

"He is the lowest in the pecking order of course, but they do all right with him," he said.

"He's got a very good temperament for a rooster."

Mr Powell said he would like to diversify with more animals, even though the roadhouse already has a number of emus.

"More chickens, maybe a llama or two," he said.

"I'll see about the boss, whether she'll let that happen."

Cluck Norris sitting on a crate
Cluck Norris getting ready to say hello to tourists at Erldunda Roadhouse

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Ms Boswell said the tourists love Cluck Norris and get a real giggle out of seeing him.

"They come up and see Cluck and it gives them a good laugh. They think it's hilarious that he eats with them. He almost looks like he's chatting with them," she said.

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"When he jumps up on Cain's legs and lays down with them [kangaroos] in the afternoon and things like that, they get a real laugh out of it."

As for serving Cluck up for dinner, Ms Boswell said that would not be happening.

"The boys have all had a laugh about maybe Cluck getting on the table for Easter lunch, but no, we love him too much," she said.

"Cluck will be here as long as he wants to be."