SAVED: Orphaned joey Petal was rescued from the pouch of her mother which was hit and killed by a car.
SAVED: Orphaned joey Petal was rescued from the pouch of her mother which was hit and killed by a car. Angela Bell

Act of kindness saves a life

THE simple act of taking a few minutes to stop and check a dead kangaroo saved a life recently.

Local residents travelling to Hervey Bay saw the deceased roo, which had been hit by a vehicle and died as a result.

They stopped to check whether a live baby was on board, but there was.

Frightened and alone, still snuggled in her dead mum's pouch, the joey would have had no chance of survival if not for the kind actions of the family which stopped and helped her.

Luckily, the joey, who has been named Petal by her carer, didn't sustain any injuries in the collision that killed her mum, but was suffering from shock.

With supportive treatment and care, she is recovering well.

If you see a dead marsupial - for example a kangaroo, wallaby, possum, glider, koala, bandicoot or bettong - stop, if it is safe to do so, and check whether it is a female with a live baby/babies in her pouch and move the body away from the road to help prevent secondary road kill of birds and so forth that may come to feed on the carcass.

If you are unable to stop and check yourself, please phone Wildlife Rescue Fraser Coast on 41213146 (24/7).

We can get a volunteer to go and do a pouch check.

Please don't assume that someone has checked or called already - they may not have.

Thank you to the lovely family which helped this joey and called WRFC immediately for advice and further assistance. Such a simple act of thoughtfulness made the world of difference for her.



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