Police response to injured kangaroo applauded
THALLON resident Lona Beatty has praised local services after their quick response to a bush call out.
Ms Beatty phoned Balonne Shire Council on Thursday morning to report an injured kangaroo in her backyard. From there she said a police unit was promptly dispatched to the residence.
"He was a big buck kangaroo. He had hurt his hip and was dragging his leg behind him. He was very vicious and you could see he was in a lot of pain.
"I have seen him around the property over the last 12months and he has been struggling with the injury,” Ms Beatty said.
"He had been acting a bit savage. If a child walked past him he would stand up on his hopper and sing out - and he was a big roo, maybe 30kg or so. But I think he was acting out from the pain.
"On Thursday when I saw him he was looking very poorly. He was lying under the shade and was barely responding when I approached. I had also noticed he had lost a lot of weight.
"I couldn't let him suffer - our days have been over 40degrees.”
Two officers from the police unit humanely euthanised the kangaroo at the property.
"I had kept my eye on him,” Ms Beatty said.
"And then the two officers turned up at my property. They were very helpful and kind, and had come so soon after I had called council.
"I don't know how far the police had to travel, but if they had come from St George that is a good 84km to my property, so quite a drive.
"After they had put the animal down, they called the council to make arrangements for the remains, which if left would have brought in vermin.
"It was absolutely brilliant how much they cared, and they did it all properly.
"I just want to thank the police officers and our council here in the west, with special mention to Lindsay Flick who helped organise the removal.
"We live in the bush, but we have a beautiful community and caring people and I'm just so proud to be a part of it.”