Yesterday mum and I were driving along the freeway. Mum always stops (when safe) when we see dead wildlife. We stopped a couple of times. This was one of them.
I dragged this big boy off the road. He was in between the freeway lanes and an exit lane. Lying on the painted lines. As I was getting ready to drag him under the safety rail, I scanned the nearby paddocks for his mob. I always look around when I am doing pouch checks. Just in case there are others or incase their mob are looking on. That’s when I noticed her. Not far from me. Sitting in the tall grass down the embankment. I called to mum to come see.
(Pic In comments of what I saw. Can you see her?)
We clapped our hands to see if she’d hop away. She couldn’t. It was heartbreaking to watch. She had no fight in her and no ability to hop or even get up.
We put out the call for help with Wildlife Rescuers 0417 506 941, to have someone come and end her suffering. Thankfully Krysti from Wildlife Rescuers/Rescue Rehabilitate Release answered the call. 30 or so minutes later she arrived. We found that she had rolled down the embankment and was now lying in a boggy ditch. I watched as Krysti ended her suffering & the life of her unviable Joey. 😭
I then went back up the embankment and bought the body of the big boy down and laid him to rest under a tree. We helped Krysti out of the boggy ditch and she bought the mum up with her. She then reunited the three of them, under the tree and they were left together.
No one called them in.
A whole little family killed and no one called.
No one stopped.
No one even moved his body from the road.
I am 15 years old- and with the help of my mum keeping me safe, I was able to safely pull his body from the road. Then From the safety of our car- we were able to make a phone call, take a little time out of our day and wait for a rescuer to come and end the suffering of a mother and her Joey. It wasn’t hard.
I don’t want thanks- I just want to share with people my experience and ask that if you hit an animal, please call it in at least!! Anyone can make a call!! A call needs to be made especially when they are hit and “hop away.” Kangaroos especially, can flee with serious injuries. Broken legs. Broken hips. Head trauma. Marsupials- can be carrying pouch young. They can survive a car strike so they need to be checked.
Thankyou, Thankyou to Krysti for coming out to help us. Thankyou to kylee and james from Dutch Thunder Wildlife Shelter for all my training. Thankyou also to Sharon & Andrew from Wildlife Rescuers for my training with you & your volunteers that help with rescues like this.
My name is Libby and I am 13 years old. I am a Koala Crusader- raising money and awareness for our VULNERABLE koala's and spreading messages about our wildlife that we are lucky enough to live WITH. These are stories written by ME!