Quick-thinking motorists save orphaned joeys

Ellie HoneyboneMidwest Times

A wildife park manager has urged motorists to check on injured wildlife after road accidents.

As a result of increased school-holiday traffic on the roads, more kangaroos have been hit by cars in the Mid West.

Orphan joeys Marilyn Monroo and Winnie the Roo came into care at Greenough Wildlife and Bird Park after members of the public stopped to check inside the pouches of their deceased mothers.

Both joeys suffered broken limbs as a result of the accidents but thanks to the quick thinking of passing motorists, they have a good chance of survival.

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“These two babies were found because someone took the time to stop and check a pouch,” park manager Michelle Jones said.

“They were brought in by people who didn’t actually hit the mothers but took them safely off the road and had a closer look.

“They were very lucky to end up in care as joeys will only survive for a few hours after their mothers have passed.”

Ms Jones said all it took was two minutes to stop and check.

“We are seeing a lot more kangaroos hit because of increased traffic and we also have had a bit of rain lately and the animals are drawn to where water collects on the side of the roads,” she said.

“There are a lot of carers out there we just need the public’s help to get the animals to us.

“If you come across an orphaned joey, keep them warm but do not feed them anything because it can be detrimental to their care later on.

“They can also survive for up to 12 hours without water.

“The best thing for the animal is to keep it in a quiet place away from animals or young kids and find professional help.”

Ms Jones said anyone who found injured animals in the State should call the WA Wildcare helpline on 9474 9055 and keep a copy of the number inside their vehicle.

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