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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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460cixy 9:54 am 15 Dec 12

Haha looks like I got it all wrong then. But seriously be very carefull with injured roos leave them well alown or dong em on the head but don’t just walk up to them to try and help them they really wig out. And always come from behind so they can’t see you

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 6:50 am 15 Dec 12

460cixy said :

Last one I saw on the road still alive after being hit I stopped and donged it on the head like any decent human should do

Freddyvegan is not amused.

You should have lay down with the poor thing and prayed together then come on here and post your outrage that a rod was built near some beautiful and endangered kangaroos.

FootyFan 11:06 pm 14 Dec 12

Roundhead89 said :

My God, where do people find these zombie threads?

My apologies; I had a similar incident happen to a friend and I saw this thread, but did not realise it was over a year old!

460cixy 7:53 pm 14 Dec 12

Last one I saw on the road still alive after being hit I stopped and donged it on the head like any decent human should do

bigfeet 6:51 pm 14 Dec 12

Roundhead89 said :

My God, where do people find these zombie threads?

The injured kangaroo is now a zombie?

That can’t be good.

NoImRight 5:00 pm 14 Dec 12

Roundhead89 said :

My God, where do people find these zombie threads?

Dont know about anyone else but I had a quiet moment waiting for someone. 😉

Roundhead89 4:32 pm 14 Dec 12

My God, where do people find these zombie threads?

NoImRight 4:01 pm 14 Dec 12

Captain RAAF said :

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!

Just because they cant all be helped doesnt mean, when possible, we cant take some simple actions that end the suffering of the animal and remove a potential traffic hazard.

Your assertions at #20 are just rubbish. I grew up in the country and have travelled on country roads most of my life. Making up BS statistics to help justify your damaged view of the world only proves even you dont fully believe your own nonsense.

FootyFan 2:24 pm 14 Dec 12

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’ll keep this in mind if I ever happen to hit you while driving.

Hitting and killing a kangaroo is one thing, but injuring one and deciding to let it suffer a horrible death is quite another.

jenny123 11:18 am 11 Nov 11

Captain RAAF said :

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!

I doubt nature has much to do with getting wiped out by a car… really, does it make you feel tough trivialising the death of an innocent animal?

Disinformation 2:21 pm 09 Nov 11

Henry82 said :

People are idiots, i used to know someone who swerves to avoid hitting birds, that’s how accidents happen.

Absolutely.
I’ve made the value judgement that the lives of anyone in my car exceed the worth of anything that jumps out in front of it.
The dynamics of an emergency swerve overwhelm the capabilities of almost everyone to give an appropriate response and recovery, regardless of what they think.
I often see skidmarks heading off the road and wonder how many of them were caused by kangaroo swerves.
That’s not so bad, but on heavily tree lined roads, I’ve seen quite a few impact marks over the years.

My decision has been made for a long time about my course of action if something voluntarily moves in front of my car. I’ll leave the brake modulation to the ABS and if required, my face in the airbag and the wreck to the Insurers.
No swerving. The accident should be confined to me and whatever I’m going to hit, not some poor sod in the car beside me, or someone walking along the side of the road.

koalathebear 12:45 pm 09 Nov 11

Captain RAAF said :

Leave them alone, there is a 99% likelihood that there is nothing you can do. You won’t disrupt traffic, you won’t cause further accidents and you’ll spare yourself from some pretty grim sites.

Leave the saving to those that have the skills and the stomach for it, ya bunch of amateurs!

Err, aren’t the rangers supposed to be the expert? As mentioned, I didn’t pull over – I phoned the rangers to let them know about the kangaroo. It was still moving and hopping around – it could have caused a further serious accident. Are you saying we shouldn’t even call rangers?

Henry82 12:42 pm 09 Nov 11

The issue here is that you’ve got an injured animal hopping around that needs to be “removed” quickly. People are idiots, i used to know someone who swerves to avoid hitting birds, that’s how accidents happen. Same applies to this kangaroo, it happens all the time in the country, but usually they’re met with a steel bullbar that makes a quick job of it.

Chop71 12:24 pm 09 Nov 11

I reckon I see a dead roo a day along this road. (and plenty of damaged cars). I even wrote to Andrew Barr re lighting, but got the ….. “lights don’t save roos” response.

Personally I think it’s the gumbermints secret roo cull being performed by our motorists (and smash repair outlets).

Best of luck Skippy!!!!

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