Wallaby’s unique lake rescue
What was going to be another normal day at the Mulwala Water Ski Club Pro-Shop for Peter O’Neill quickly turned into an unusual wildlife rescue.
After finishing a coaching class with a local school group the ski club professional noticed something unusual swimming out in the lake.
“I looked out and saw what I thought was a dog struggling in the water about 300 meters from the shore.
“I quickly climbed on to one of my paddleboards and after taking 10 minutes to get out there I realized it was a black wallaby.”
Pete’s natural instincts then kicked in. He grabbed his ski tow rope, harnessed it around himself and the wallaby and then began to tow the weakened marsupial back to shore.
“It was really exhausted. When I got to it, it was just trying to keep its head above water.
“It took about a half an hour to get him back to shore.
“When I got him back to the boat ramp we put a towel over him to free the rope and he just struggled to stand up and sat in the one spot for over an hour.”
Pete rang the local wildlife rescue service but before they could arrive the wallaby eventually regained its energy and bounded away.
“He did a lap of the ski club, almost like it was a lap of honor. He then proceeded into the holiday park. But we haven’t spotted him since.”
A suggestion to Peter that the wallaby might have wanted to try out for the upcoming summer ski shows came with a quick response.
“If he wants to come back he could certainly try out,” Peter joked.
The wallaby eventually regained its energy before jumping to freedom through the holiday park.
Peter O’Neill used a ski tow rope to bring the exhausted wallaby 300 meters back to shore.