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Sales bounce

In the late 1960s Australian television produced its first international hit: Skippy the Bush Kangaroo. Ninety-one episodes were sold as far afield as the United States and the Soviet Union (according to Wikipedia the show is still being broadcast in Iran). But it doesn’t seem that Skippy hopped into Chinese hearts, or that they feel particularly sentimental about kangaroos in general. That follows news from Australia’s Sunday Mail that Chinese investors are on the verge of buying a stake in a kangaroo testicle processing business. The newspaper reports that Chinese pharma firms are already buying pulverised roo testicles in quantity (online on Taobao 300 capsule of ground testicles fetch $165 on the basis that they are thought to boost libido). The marketing guff on one ‘kangaroo essence’ product explains: “According to analysis, the capability to produce spermatic fluid of the male kangaroo is twice that of the adult bull.” That should be enough to get the Chinese consortium interested, reckons the Sunday Mail. “We buy tonnes of testicles every month from roo meat processors and put them through my custom-made ‘de-nutting’ machine,” the owner of the business explained. But the Courier Mail spoke to an Australian doctor who though concurring that small Skippy doses may boost testosterone, there was a risk that overdosing on kangaroo testicles could cause sterility.

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