Es­cape from Rot­tnest Is­land

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

PEO­PLE are be­ing asked to keep their eyes peeled for a quokka that made its way to the main­land on a rub­bish truck last week.

The adult quokka ar­rived at the Re­gional Re­source Re­cov­ery Cen­tre in Can­ning Vale on Jan­uary 4 and a day later a worker, who was not fa­mil­iar with the mar­su­pial, took pho­tos of the “big rat” on his phone and shared it with a col­league on Mon­day.

The col­league recog­nised it as a quokka and con­tacted the Rot­tnest Is­land Au­thor­ity. RIA en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fi­cer Shane Kear­ney said he was work­ing with the De­part­ment of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) to find the quokka and take it to the vet at Perth Zoo. He has of­fered a free trip to Rot­tnest as a re­ward for any­one who finds the quokka alive.

Call the DPaW Wild­care Helpline on 9474 9055.

Matt Hale with Rayne Em­b­ley.

A quokka stowed away with rub­bish.

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