Published July 17, 2015 - Associated Press
SYDNEY – Kangaroos are a common sight for Australian vineyard owner Bill Shrapnel. But a winter storm this week was the first time he'd seen a 'roo in the snow.
This July 16, 2015, photo provided by Bill Shrapnel and photographed through a window shows a Kangaroo on the Colmar Estate vineyard in Orange, New South Wales, Australia.
The winter storm caused traffic accidents, school closures and power outages around the state on Australia’s southeastern coast. (AP Photo/Colmar Estate, Bill Shrapnel) (The Associated Press)
Shrapnel, 62, and his wife Jan moved to Orange earlier this year from Sydney, which hasn't seen snow since 1836.
While the couple had prepared for their first winter, he says, "having it snow three times in a week is not what we expected."
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