Lost roo was left high and dry

Senior Dept of Parks Wildlife Officer Rick Dawson (centre) and helpers carry the injured kangaroo.
Senior Dept of Parks Wildlife Officer Rick Dawson (centre) and helpers carry the injured kangaroo.

The mother-of-four discovered a western grey male kangaroo lying on a vacant block diagonally opposite her Elgon Hill home early on Monday, September 29.

Mrs Brash joined forces with her neighbour, and the pair made about 30 calls between them to different organisations and wildlife shelters pleading for someone to help the dazed roo.

Too scared to get close to the 125cm tall kangaroo, Mrs Brash kept a close eye on the marsupial from her window.

She said she was disappointed in the City of Canning rangers and local police for not using their authority to help.

‘We don’t have the authority, they do. I don’t know why they couldn’t ring the right people and say ‘this kangaroo has nowhere to go, it needs to be tranquilised, it needs to be helped’, but the police didn’t want to know about it unless it was a traffic hazard,’ she said.

‘Canning council said ‘he’s a wild beast, he’s not our responsibility’, so between myself and the lady across the road, we just rang every place we could think of.

‘I feel disappointed and gobsmacked that it took so long to get him some help.’

In most cases, kangaroos find their own way back home, which is what Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) officers were hoping the roo would do.

But Mrs Brash said there was no bush nearby so for the western grey to find its way back home, it would have had to cross busy roads.

Around 11am on Wednesday, DPaW regional wildlife officers tended to the kangaroo.

A Parks and Wildlife representative said human intervention, such as darting and relocating, was stressful for kangaroos and could be fatal.

‘In this instance, Parks and Wildlife waited to see if the animal would leave the area of its own accord,’ the representative said.

‘A report on Tuesday, September 30, indicated the kangaroo had been hit by a car so Parks and Wildlife dispatched a volunteer animal control agent, who assessed the kangaroo and found it did not have any significant injuries.’

The kangaroo was darted, taken to the vet for observation and is now at Darling Range Wildlife Shelter.

Shelter executive co-ordinator Michelle Hazelwood said the kangaroo had several minor injures but would be released back into the wild, hopefully within four weeks.

‘His body condition was pretty good, but he’s obviously had a few mishaps along the way and some of his wounds weren’t new,’ Ms Hazelwood said.

‘From running on the road he’s missing the skin off both his feet, he’s missing skin off his front paws.

Both of his front forearms were quite swollen and he had what looked like what could have been wire injuries on his hip and one of his forearms.’

– In 2013-14, the Parks and Wildlife Wildcare Helpline responded to 588 reports of kangaroos needing to be euthanised.

It also received hundreds of calls about displaced kangaroos, of which two were tranquilised and relocated.

Residents who see a kangaroo in need can call the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055.