Alex the eastern grey kangaroo joey, whose mother was hit by a truck.
Alex the eastern grey kangaroo joey, whose mother was hit by a truck. VALERIE HORTON

Cute animals showing off

THEY ARE slithery, soft and sometimes a little smelly but the animals at Maryborough’s TESS Wildlife Sanctuary are set to become stars.

The animals posed for the cameras this week when a film crew arrived at the park to shoot a documentary and promotional video.

Sanctuary manager Ray Revill said the promotional film would be broadcast in 13 different countries, showcasing the Fraser Coast region to thousands of potential visitors.

One of the stars of the show was a seven-month-old eastern grey kangaroo joey called Alex.

“He’s my thousand-dollar baby,” Ray said.

“He was rescued from the Torbanlea Road. His mum got hit by a truck and he got some of the impact and had a fractured leg.

“We took him to Walker Street vet and they worked a miracle.

“They designed a steel brace for him and put pins through his bone and set the brace on either side.

“We named him Alex after one of the vet nurses.”

The film crew also got to experience some of the wildlife park’s snakes.

“The crew said they’d been to lots of wildlife sanctuaries but the atmosphere here was entirely different to anything they’d experienced before,” Ray said.

“It’s very hands-on here and the wildlife approached the crew while they were filming. They were stoked.”

The sanctuary, on the corner of Mungar Road at Maryborough West, is set on 13 acres and is home to native birds, reptiles, kangaroos, wallaroos and emus.

It is open to the public seven days a week from 10am to 3pm with entry by donation.



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