After saving the life of a defenseless kangaroo, two brave kids in Australia have been hailed as heroes. The animal became trapped in a deep mud pit and battled to escape, but the two lads saw it just in time and hurried to rescue the day!
Jack Donnelly and Nick Heath, both 19, were riding their motorcycles in the woods outside of Sydney when they came upon a desperate kangaroo stranded in muck not far from the Nepean River. The unfortunate animal’s situation was deteriorating, and it could hardly keep its head above water, so the teenagers rushed to assist it. They were clear, however, that it would not be an easy rescue.
“I first noticed the roo while riding in the bush with Nick, and I saw this head poking out of the muck,” Jack told TODAY. “The roo’s life was essential to us, therefore we risked our lives to get it.” We believe he was looking for water there, but it was really muddy, and he became trapped. It’s a patriotic gesture, and we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished. We’ll do it all over again if we see something like that.”
The guys used a rope to pull the stranded kangaroo out of the muck, and their efforts paid off after a few hours. However, the tired animal required more assistance, so the teenagers contacted WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue. A rescue squad arrived shortly after and took care of the terrified roo. However, they had to sedate it at first in order to wipe its dirt covering.
“He was completely buried in thick mud, cold, and fatigued,” said a rescue spokeswoman to The Dodo. “After he was drugged, he was slowly warmed, then cleaned in tepid water to remove any mud that was coating him, then slowly warmed again to raise his body temperature and given warm fluids.”
Now, owing to the efforts of these two real-life heroes, the kangaroo called Lucas by the kids who saved his life is healthy and well!