Matilda the long-lashed kangaroo mascot who starred in the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane now stands outside a Queensland service station.
The mechanical marsupial won international fame when she winked at dignitaries including the Duke of Edinburgh during the opening ceremony at QEII Stadium 36 years ago.
When the Games open on the Gold Coast on Wednesday, Matilda will be where she has been for the past seven years, looming over the Puma Energy fuel stop at Kybong, near Gympie, 160km north of Brisbane.
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Matilda the kangaroo winks at the crowd during the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane
Matilda the Commonwealth Games kangaroo was built around a forklift and stood 13m tall
Matilda at her current home near a service station at Kybong, 160km north of Brisbane
Matilda is perhaps better remembered than anything which occurred on the track and field in 1982, enchanting and disturbing audiences with her cheeky winks.
The 13m tall mascot, built around a forklift, completed a lap of QEII Stadium at the 1982 opening ceremony, winking her left eye several times at the crowd including once towards the Duke, who was representing the Queen.
At the completion of the lap, her pouch opened and children representing joeys ran out towards mini trampolines which they then bounced upon.
As the children bounced, paedophile Rolf Harris stood on the tray of a truck with his trademark wobble board and performed an altered version of his hit Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport.
Last year, the ceremony's producer Ric Birch revealed the man operating Matilda's head, working her eyes and