Australian women rescue baby kangaroo from its deceased mother’s pouch


Lauren Wager, 32, from Thebarton, Australia, was heading home when she and friend Sarah Wragge spotted a mother kangaroo lying on the side of the road. They stopped to check the animal. It was clear it had been hit by a car and did not survive. However, when they went to take a closer look, they found that the mother was not alone; a small joey was still alive inside its pouch.

The friends had been returning from McLaren Vale when they spotted the roo on Seaview Rd at 4 p.m. on Sunday. When they approached to check the animal, they noticed strange movement.

“I swear I saw it move, so we chucked a U-turn and drove past it slowly and it was definitely moving,” she told the Adelaide Advertiser.

“It was quite obviously kicking in the tummy and I got out and had a look and saw two little feet sticking out of its pouch.”

Upon investigating the mother roo’s pouch, they found the joey, still very much alive and scared. The baby, later named Jannick, put up a bit of a struggle. Wager had to use both hands to pull the joey out of the mother’s pouch.

“It made like a little crying noise when I was trying to get him,” said Wager. “I had to be gentle because it was pretty tightly packed in there.”

They then wrapped the joey in a towel and brought it to rescue expert Sibylle Kaufmann in Happy Valley. It was determined that the male roo was just 7 months old and weighed only 1.2 kilograms (2.6 pounds).

Fortunately, kangaroos reach independence at around 7 to 10 months old. He will continue to be nursed in an artificial pouch for now until he is strong enough to be integrated with other kangaroos. But for now, he is doing well.

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