Road users urged to help in­jured an­i­mals

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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