A YOUNG male kangaroo has been saved from a tragic end after being trapped for three days on a Balnarring property and harassed by dogs.
The kangaroo was relentlessly pursued by neighbouring dogs, leading to a painful encounter with a fence and visible injuries.
A rescue team from Vets For Compassion was able to sedate the terrified animal, after it was seen hiding in a secluded corner of a paddock.
VFC vet and founder Elaine Ong examined the kangaroo, whose injuries included scratches on his legs and a small patch of missing fur on his shoulder. Fortunately, there were no puncture wounds or signs of a serious dog attack, which could have led to bacterial infections or stress-related conditions like capture myopathy.
After receiving essential treatments and a warm wrap for comfort, the kangaroo was released into safer, suitable habitat nearby.
Ong said the release was a moment of joy and relief for everyone involved.
On 9 November a kangaroo was euthanised on the beach at Dromana after apparently being chased and attacked by a dog (Fatal end to kangaroo’s beach visit, The News 14/11/23).
In the wake of that incident dog owners were again reminded of the need to keep their pets on leashes or under control in public areas.
VFC is a volunteer organisation dedicated to improving animal welfare within Australia.
Vets and assistants rescue and treat animals in emergency response during natural disasters, and work to reduce the suffering of stray animals.
The not-for-profit also assists ethical animal welfare groups in underdeveloped countries in a range of programs by upskilling and providing hands-on support to other vets.
Vets For Compassion is holding a Night of Compassion fundraising event on Saturday 9 December at Ash Marton Realty, Frankston.
The money raised will help vets and animal rescue professionals respond to daily emergency animal calls across Melbourne.
Register as trybooking.com/CMPHK