ROO HEROES: If it wasn't for vet Ross Newman and wildlife lover Nell Hetherington, the Locke St kangaroo and joey could still be trapped.
ROO HEROES: If it wasn't for vet Ross Newman and wildlife lover Nell Hetherington, the Locke St kangaroo and joey could still be trapped. Molly Glassey

Night rescue springs roo, joey from yard

A KANGAROO and her joey, which were trapped in a Locke St backyard, have been rescued with the help of a bright light, a veterinary surgeon and a brief wrestle.

After wildlife authorities refused to help the eastern grey kangaroo and her newborn baby, vet Ross Newman sprung to the rescue.

“I went to the yard at night and snuck up on her,” Dr Newman said.

“I used a really bright light and kept it between me and her and then just grabbed her tail.

“It was pretty puzzled by what was going on.”

What ensued was a brief wrestle between the vet and roo, before grabbed her from behind, calmed her down and put her in a cage.

The vet said he did not usually relocate animals but considered this an extreme case as the roo was stuck for a week.

“It was a bit weak but mostly psyched out by the situation and was probably severely stressed by the psychological trauma of being in a backyard for a week,” he said.

He took the roo home to monitor her for three hours.

“She wasn’t moving much and was pretty dumb- founded,” he said. “I took her to my farm and she came good, so I let her go.”

The kangaroo and joey are now bounding around 8km north of town.

Warwick wildlife lover Nell Hetherington orchestrated the roo rescue.

“When I read (on the Daily News Facebook page) that it had been stuck for six days, I couldn’t handle it,” Ms Hetherington said.

“I grew up raising native wildlife so I have a soft spot for them.”

She spent two days ringing around to find someone who would relocate the trapped animal.

“I jumped on the phone to Queensland Parks and Wildlife,” she said.

“The man said Main Range National Park used to have a wildlife ranger that could come out and help with these types of problems but they had to get rid of them due to changed legislation and funds.”

She said after a number of other phone calls, she got on to a wildlife carer who said she might be able to figure out a solution by the end of the week.

“I couldn’t take that since the kangaroo had already been there for six days,” Ms Hetherington said.

“So I got permission from the Department of Environment and Heritage to ring a mobile vet.”

She called Ross Newman, who took up the job.

“I’ve done this sort of thing with wallabies but never a kangaroo,” he said.

Ms Hetherington and Dr Newman agreed it was neither of their jobs to relocate the kangaroo.

“It just got to the point where no-one was doing anything,” she said. “And I can’t see an animal in stress like that.”



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