‘I gave up on life’: The dark side of becoming the talk of the internet

Sun, 8 Dec 2019 05:58:28 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"The man who shot to internet fame for saving a drowning baby kangaroo
from raging Queensland floodwaters has revealed how he wanted to end his
life twice despite his hero status.

After photos of Ray Cole cradling the drenched roo made international
headlines in January 2011, the father-of-two became a laughing stock at

Not even 11,000 Facebook friend requests could bring him out of his
misery, perpetuated daily by a boss who considered kangaroos to be the
country’s biggest pests.

The hate didn’t stop there. When the 48-year-old logged online, he was
met with a barrage of death threats from roo shooters."

Via Muse, who wrote "This is sad. It’s the public version of how whistle
blowers are treated. There’s a combination of jealousy and wanting to
maintain the status quo."

        *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net                   Andrew Pam
http://www.xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
http://www.glasswings.com.au/             Partner, Glass Wings
http://www.sericyb.com.au/                Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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