Kangaroo rescued from near-drowning in canal
IT'S BEEN a lucky escape for 'Chris' the eastern grey kangaroo.
The kangaroo found himself in quite the predicament when he hopped down into one of the canals and couldn't get out again.
A resident named Chris spotted the sinking skippy and called Australia Zoo's wildlife warriors to rescue the animal.
Wildlife rescuer Matthew Harvey said he paddled out to the stressed kangaroo in a kayak.
"A local resident who lived on the canal called our rescue unit when he saw a kangaroo stuck in the canal system with no way out," MrHarvey said.
"We believe that the kangaroo ended up in the canal as a result of misadventure.
"Animals will often flee to water when they feel threatened, so he could have been chased by a domestic dog or simply lost his way while exploring."
With water levels rising as the tide came in, it was only a matter of time before the barnacles on the rocks caused serious injury to the kangaroo's feet.
The team carefully followed the kangaroo - dubbed 'Chris' after the man who phoned in the rescue - until the exhausted animal decided to rest his weary paws on the kayak.
They then sedated him and lifted him up to dry land, where they washed his feet with disinfectant and waited for him to wake.
He hopped away into nearby bushland.
The Australia Zoo rescue unit travel up to an hour north and south of the Sunshine Coast to rescue wildlife in distress.
"If anyone from the public spots wildlife in dire situations, be sure to call the Australia Zoo Rescue Unit, who will gladly provide advice or assistance," MrHarvey said.
"The Wildlife Emergency Hotline is also a handy number to have - 1300369652."