WILDLIFE: Do you make sure check the pouch of kangaroos left on the road?
WILDLIFE: Do you make sure check the pouch of kangaroos left on the road? Chris Hosie

Police take care with a wild wildlife find

IF YOU have ever accidentally hit a kangaroo on the road, did you make the effort to check its pouch before driving away?

According to Tina and John St Clair from the Nanango Wildlife Wanderers, they were called into the police station late Saturday night, June 22, after receiving a phone call to pick up an orphaned joey.

Mrs St Clair said that the police had hit the mother kangaroo while pursuing a drunk driver in Nanango on Saturday.

After stopping to check the situation, they saw that there was a joey in the mother's pouch.

From experience in being a wildlife carer years ago, one of the police officers put the joey in his beanie, before putting the beanie in the warm glove box of the car.

After Mr St Clair picked the joey up, Mrs St Clair said she slept with the joey on her chest to keep it warm, before bringing them to Gail Lobban.

Ms Lobban is a specialist in very young joeys, and thanks to her high quality, consistent care, Mrs St Clair said the joey is doing really well.

However, if it wasn't for the local police's initial concern, it would've had no hope.

If our local police made sure to check the pouches of kangaroos for orphaned joeys, even in high pressure situations, you should be making the effort too.

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