Road users urged to help injured animals
Pilbara residents are being urged to stop and look when driving, after a young kangaroo was found injured on the side of the road near Dampier last week.
Justin Rasmussen was riding his Harley Davidson home from work when he noticed the roo, which appeared to have been injured after being struck by a car.
“A lady from Rio Tinto stopped and I got in her car with my jacket, helmet and goggles still on, with the kangaroo in my arms so we could take him to the wildlife rescue facility in Dampier,” he said.
Mr Rasmussen joked that with full motorbike kit on in the picture, it looked like he had stolen the roo.
“I couldn’t take my helmet and goggles and balaclava off because I was holding the kangaroo,” he said.
“But lucky I had the gloves on, because before the kangaroo figured out that I was helping him, he bit my finger four times.”
Pilbara Wildlife Carers founder Rose Best said the roo was in a lot of pain and had to be put down.
“It is so important for people to stop and do something about injured animals,” she said.
“So many people just drive past and don’t stop.”
Mrs Best said she was desperate for more carers to come on board to help look after injured and abandoned wildlife.
She said people in rental properties needed written permission from their landlord, and that a quiet, dog-free environment needed to be provided if someone was caring for wildlife. For details, visit https://www.pwca.org.au.