Is not always fun, sometimes when the calls come in there is nothing we can do….
Today we received a call from a father and son from Portugal who had spotted a roo on the outskirts of Alice Springs. They were excited to see a roo in its natural habitiat and started to video him when they witnessed a most horrific attack by a couple of camp dogs.
They leapt from their vehicle and ran and yelled at the dogs but before becoming scared and running off the dogs had already done the damage, scared the roo into a fence and bitten into its arms and back leg.
We received the call and went to check, but on arrival found the extremely large Euro male lying amongst the grass unable to move due to a broken back leg.
An injury of this nature is not recoverable for such an animal (who was still trying to get up and hop/crawl away and in so much shock and pain it brought a tear to my eye) so the call had to be made to NT Parks and Wildlife to come and assist.
The Ranger came out straight away but by the time he arrived the big chap had already succumbed to his pain and passed… I just wish there was more we could have done to help this beautiful animal and comfort him in his time of need.
A huge thanks and well done to the father and son who called this in and scared away the dogs, many wouldn’t have bothered. Also thanks to NT Parks and Wildlife for coming out after hours to assist to minimise suffering!!!
Life can be so tough on our Wildlife and anything we can do to prevent or minimise the stress, injury and pain should be done.
Remember, keep your dogs in your yard – unnecessary pain and suffering on our wildlife can be avoided!!!
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