Mother Kangaroo killed in accident but wildlife worker sees little hand reach out from her pouch
Hit and run accidents are the worst kind and it takes a low breed of humans to do such things. Whether the victim is a human or animal, the senseless loss of life is deplorable. An unfortunate accident occurred recently on one of Australia’s highways. A mother Kangaroo was knocked down and killed by a hit and run driver. The most tragic aspect of the accident was that she had a Joey in her pouch at the time but fortunately the little Joey survived. The picture and video at the end shows how the little Joey reaches out from mother’s pouch.
1 Wildlife worker rushes to the scene but is too late
When Melanie Fraser a worker with Macedon Ranges Wildlife Network and Wildlife Victoria heard about the accident in which the Mother kangaroo was fatally wounded, she rushed to the scene to find the Kangaroo dying at the side of the road.
Melanie could do nothing for the female Kangaroo which had been hit by a car. She could only stand there helpless and watch it dying which it did shortly after. But after a few minutes, Melanie got the surprise of her life when she saw a little hand poking out of the mother’s pouch. It was a Joey reaching out from mother’s pouch. The baby was inside the whole time and was now trying to get out. It was most probably shaken up by the accident.
2 They named him Dawson
Melanie took him back to the wildlife center where they named him “Dawson”. The Kangaroo was then delivered to a Christine Fraser a wild life activist. The little Joey’s age was estimated to be only a couple of months by Gilmore who also runs the cooper refuge for baby orphaned animals.
According to Gilmore “Had he been left much longer, ants or the elements would have eventually killed him,”.
3 Dawson is pictured here with another little Joey named Nelson
Nelson and Dawson are now the best of friends. Thanks to the wildlife rescue team, both received a new lease of life. Orphaned Joeys like Nelson and Dawson stay with human caregivers for 18 months to 2 years. They are then released into their natural habitat. It will be the same for Nelson and Dawson until they are healthy and old enough to be released.
“Slowly, he will have less and less interaction with his career until he is deemed to be a wild kangaroo who is capable of surviving without human intervention,” said Gilmore.
4 The first tragic picture taken by Melanie
You can see in the image how little Dawson reaches out his hand to try and get out of his Mothers pouch. It was a heart rending moment for Melanie. Photos like these are depressing but they also help raise awareness among drivers to be more considerate towards animals on the road.
5 Watch the shot video of the incident how the little Joey reaches out form mother’s pouch
Melanie even took a video of the sad moment when Dawson was trying to get out of his Mothers pouch. Pulling a baby marsupial out of its mothers pouch is a delicate process done usually by experts. Thankfully Melanie reached the spot on time to save at least one life.