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Injured kangaroo on William Hovell Drive this morning

By koalathebear - 8 November 2011 34

At about 8.10 am this morning, we saw an injured kangaroo on William Hovell Drive (between Coulter and Bindubi) – we were going in the direction of Civic.  From appearances, it had been hit, had made its way to the grassy island in the middle and was contemplating getting across to the other side of the road.  Fortunately that side of the road was less busy because it was traffic away from Civic – but still very busy.

OH was driving so I used my phone to look up the number for injured wildlife.  I finally got through on the RSPCA mobile at 8.18 am.  The woman who answered asked: “Is this the kangaroo on William Hovell?”  It turned out she had notified the rangers 45 minutes earlier.  I let her know that the animal was up and hobbling around – apparently it was on its side when the report had been called through.

At 9.10 am I phoned just to make sure that the kangaroo had been collected.  The rangers had been busy with another kangaroo this morning so the kangaroo hadn’t been picked up yet – no idea if it’s still alive.  I have no doubt it will have to be put to sleep but it’s pretty terrifying for it.  Anyway, I have now saved the following numbers into my phone for next time.  I thought I’d share them in case other people want them, too.

The RSPCA Phone (Business Hours) (02) 6287 8100
Mobile 0413 495 031

For information about injured wildlife in your area (e.g. snakes, possums and magpies) contact the Urban Wildlife Ranger.

Urban Wildlife Ranger
Phone (Business Hours) (02) 6207 2127 (Southside) Phone (Business Hours) (02) 6207 1679 (Northside)

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Injured kangaroo on William Hovell Drive this morning
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madamcholet 11:35 am
08 Nov 11
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Well done. I’ve seen this scenario before and called it in as soon as I could to be told it had already been noted. Nice to know that people do care enough to call in quickly – obviously a danger to traffic as well as the poor thing being terrified as you mentioned.

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Captain RAAF 11:51 am
08 Nov 11
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ah…ok.

You are aware that hundreds of these things are wiped out each and every day in this country?

If you are going to switch to DEFCOM 4 every time you see a roo on the road and follow up with further phone calls to the authorities to double and triple check on the status of said roo, then you had better not ever, ever, ever, travel along the Newell Highway, cross the Hay plains, go anywhere near Mt Isa, West Wyalong, Bendigo etc becuase you will have a heart attack!

Have you given any thought to the moths and butterflies you splatter across your windscreen each day, not to mention the thousands of ants you squish with your car/bicycle tyres, oh’ the humanity!

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DUB 12:35 pm
08 Nov 11
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Captain RAAF said :

ah…ok.

You are aware that hundreds of these things are wiped out each and every day in this country?

If you are going to switch to DEFCOM 4 every time you see a roo on the road and follow up with further phone calls to the authorities to double and triple check on the status of said roo, then you had better not ever, ever, ever, travel along the Newell Highway, cross the Hay plains, go anywhere near Mt Isa, West Wyalong, Bendigo etc becuase you will have a heart attack!

Have you given any thought to the moths and butterflies you splatter across your windscreen each day, not to mention the thousands of ants you squish with your car/bicycle tyres, oh’ the humanity!

:)
Well said.Totally agree here.

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midlife 2:01 pm
08 Nov 11
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Bullbars are there for a reason…to do the job properly!

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Grail 2:23 pm
08 Nov 11
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Thanks for sharing the numbers with us, koalathebear.

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poetix 3:47 pm
08 Nov 11
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Captain RAAF said :

ah…ok.

You are aware that hundreds of these things are wiped out each and every day in this country?

If you are going to switch to DEFCOM 4 every time you see a roo on the road and follow up with further phone calls to the authorities to double and triple check on the status of said roo, then you had better not ever, ever, ever, travel along the Newell Highway, cross the Hay plains, go anywhere near Mt Isa, West Wyalong, Bendigo etc becuase you will have a heart attack!

Have you given any thought to the moths and butterflies you splatter across your windscreen each day, not to mention the thousands of ants you squish with your car/bicycle tyres, oh’ the humanity!

Well yes, I have thought about the insects. I can remember once as pillion on a motorbike riding through a locust storm and watching them turn to a kind of green toothpaste on the helmet visor. I was disgusted and I didn’t feel sorry for them. So perhaps too many of something (whether roos in West Wyalong or locusts) does make you care less. But that doesn’t mean I don’t ‘rescue’ single spiders from my house and car.

I hope I never hit a roo, or a dog. (Or a person, for that matter…) Good on the OP for chasing up the status of the roo. Trying to alleviate the animal’s suffering is the right thing to do, and he or she could hardly just shoot it as that’s a tad illegal in a built-up area. Animals are not just ‘things’ like a thrown out drink bottle and there’s nothing particularly salient about saying that a lot of them are dying anyway, elsewhere.

Plus this one could easily have caused a major accident exactly because we are in an urban (or nearly urban) environment.

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krats 5:30 pm
08 Nov 11
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Its Probably On A Plate Somewhere Tonight…Dinner Is Ready Kids.

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Nightshade 7:11 pm
08 Nov 11
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Canberra Connect can also put you through to the rangers. I called once about an injured roo lying half across the lane of William Hovell, and the rangers were already on their way. It was waving its tail around and all the cars were detouring around it into the overtaking lane belonging to the other direction – but it was only a matter of time before there was a car in that lane and someone would have had to drive right over the roo. I hope the rangers got there first.

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koalathebear 7:47 pm
08 Nov 11
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Captain RAAF said :

If you are going to switch to DEFCOM 4 every time you see a roo on the road and follow up with further phone calls to the authorities to double and triple check on the status of said roo, then you had better not ever, ever, ever, travel along the Newell Highway, cross the Hay plains, go anywhere near Mt Isa, West Wyalong, Bendigo etc becuase you will have a heart attack!

I’ve seen a great many dead kangaroos by the side of the road and felt sorry for them but moved on. I am also aware of kangaroo culling and I have no problem with it so long as the animals are killed as humanely as possible. The issue with this kangaroo was that it was still alive, moving around, clearly in great pain and by an extremely busy stretch of road. Whether it was a cat, dog or other living creature – it was terrible to see it in that predicament. It must have been terrified.

Even from a purely human-centric point of view, given where it was located, it could have caused another accident on the road.

As an update, I spoke to the rangers again. They were able to retrieve the kangaroo. Its legs were badly broken so they euthanised it. They did tell me that a man had managed to pull his over and was actually waiting with the kangaroo and looking after it until the rangers were able to arrive – that was very heartwarming.

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LSWCHP 9:32 pm
08 Nov 11
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Captain RAAF said :

ah…ok.

You are aware that hundreds of these things are wiped out each and every day in this country?

If you are going to switch to DEFCOM 4 every time you see a roo on the road and follow up with further phone calls to the authorities to double and triple check on the status of said roo, then you had better not ever, ever, ever, travel along the Newell Highway, cross the Hay plains, go anywhere near Mt Isa, West Wyalong, Bendigo etc becuase you will have a heart attack!

Have you given any thought to the moths and butterflies you splatter across your windscreen each day, not to mention the thousands of ants you squish with your car/bicycle tyres, oh’ the humanity!

Sorry to be a pedant (well, not really:-)) but that’s DEFCON, vs DEFCOM.

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bigfeet 7:04 am
09 Nov 11
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koalathebear said :

They did tell me that a man had managed to pull his over and was actually waiting with the kangaroo and looking after it until the rangers were able to arrive – that was very heartwarming.

Which probably stressed the hell out of the roo, meaning it was in pain and was now terrified of this strange creature that was near it. In fact it was probably causing itself even more pain trying to get away.

By all means call the rangers to have the animal put down. But don’t try to help or approach it. You are doing more harm than good.

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Mysteryman 8:14 am
09 Nov 11
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Captain RAAF said :

ah…ok.

You are aware that hundreds of these things are wiped out each and every day in this country?

If you are going to switch to DEFCOM 4 every time you see a roo on the road and follow up with further phone calls to the authorities to double and triple check on the status of said roo, then you had better not ever, ever, ever, travel along the Newell Highway, cross the Hay plains, go anywhere near Mt Isa, West Wyalong, Bendigo etc becuase you will have a heart attack!

Have you given any thought to the moths and butterflies you splatter across your windscreen each day, not to mention the thousands of ants you squish with your car/bicycle tyres, oh’ the humanity!

I got a good laugh out of that, especially the DEFCOM 4 bit! Haha.

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koalathebear 8:42 am
09 Nov 11
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bigfeet said :

koalathebear said :

They did tell me that a man had managed to pull his over and was actually waiting with the kangaroo and looking after it until the rangers were able to arrive – that was very heartwarming.

Which probably stressed the hell out of the roo, meaning it was in pain and was now terrified of this strange creature that was near it. In fact it was probably causing itself even more pain trying to get away.

By all means call the rangers to have the animal put down. But don’t try to help or approach it. You are doing more harm than good.

No idea … I wasn’t there by then but I am assuming that given how dangerous a kangaroo can be especially when injured, “looking after” probably meant keeping it from going back on the road again – a good thing for all really …

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Thumper 8:46 am
09 Nov 11
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Seriously people, how hard is it to show some compassion and at least call a ranger when you find a seriously injured animal.

At least it can then be put out of its misery rather than die a slow, lingering, painful, and terrifying death.

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Captain RAAF 9:36 am
09 Nov 11
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Thumper said :

Seriously people, how hard is it to show some compassion and at least call a ranger when you find a seriously injured animal.

At least it can then be put out of its misery rather than die a slow, lingering, painful, and terrifying death.

like the thousands of other Roo’s that suffer the same fate Australia wide, each and every day, from being hit by cars and trucks, injured jumping fences, mauled by dogs, blow a hip out showing off to their mates, stepping on an echidna, eating the dangerous googoo berry that eats their intestines out, step on an old rabbit trap, drown crossing the water between Stradbroke or Snake Island, fall down an old mine shaft, stray onto the runway in the path of a fast moving aircraft, it’s never ending, these things are dropping like flies, just leave em be, mother nature will determine who lives and who dies, it has nothing to do with you!

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