Skippy is far from home and no-one wants to help
A WALKERVALE man feels like he is hopping in circles with authorities after finding a grey kangaroo in a neighbouring yard more than a week ago.
Joe Ellul, 70, said he first noticed the female kangaroo on Monday, November 9, and had spent a week calling animal organisations and the Bundaberg Regional Council after he feared it would skip onto Sims Rd and cause an accident.
He said his telephone calls had fallen on deaf ears and feared the animal would either die or hurt someone if left where it was in the suburban street.
"We saw it in the block where the church is near Walkervale (State) School," Mr Ellul said.
"I called The RSPCA who said to call the police, I called them - they said to call two different 1300 numbers and I had no answer, so I called the (Bundaberg Regional) council and they said to call the pound, which I did and they said to call RSPCA.
"I ended up calling the head office of wildlife carers and they said they would send someone around to dart it and remove it on Saturday morning and no one turned up."
Mr Ellul said Sims Rd was hectic most of the time and if the kangaroo was to leave the land near the church (Oasis Church of Christ) or the church yard it would have no where else to go.
"I have locked it in the church yard as I am so concerned it will cause an accident on this busy road," he said.
"But no one seems to care, I mean it's still here and a week is a long time."
He said he had pet kangaroos when he lived on a farm at Bucca and could see the kangaroo was suffering from anxiety.
"I believe the school has asked the children to stay away but as you can see they stand at the fence and the kangaroo gets stressed," Mr Ellu said.
A spokesperson from the Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) agency said it was its preference for wildlife to remain in the wild, however in this particular case the animal had roamed so far from its natural habitat and it could not return safely without human assistance, a date had not been organised to remove the animal.
"After liaising with local authorities and the school where the animal is currently sheltering, EHP has decided to remove the animal itself in order to protect the safety of students at the school and the broader public," they said.
"The animal will be relocated to native bushland well away from the urban area."Bundaberg Regional Council said it had a limited role in dealing with native wildlife essentially because the council was not appropriately resourced or skilled in the capture and removal native animals.
"Council will assist with requests involving injured animals and these requests are usually conveyed through the police or RSPCA," a spokesman said.
"(The) council has no role regarding healthy native animals on private property.
"If contact is made with (the) council the caller will be advised to refer the matter to police or RSPCA. The RSPCA has contacts with wildlife carers who are authorised to engage in the removal of larger wildlife."
Mr Eullul said he didn't know where to go as somebody had to save the animal or save somebody from getting killed but felt he had no luck.
"I've done all I can, I can't worry about it anymore it's very sad to think if it's not somebodies pet and just a wild one in a residential area no one cares," he said.
When the NewsMail went to print it was now understood the kanagroo had jumped the fence and was jumping around the school yard.