The volunteers from WIRES Mid-South Coast received some good news on Sunday, December 8, when a well-known kangaroo was rescued thanks to the quick thinking of police.
An eastern grey kangaroo named Baldwin was reared as a joey by volunteers at Surf Beach and Malua Bay. He was successfully released onto a rural property at East Lynne late last year.
"He was free to come and go on the property with the rest of the local mob; it was a beautiful property and provided a beautiful environment for our kangaroos," spokesperson Sandy Collins said.
Unfortunately, the Currowan fire swept through the East Lynne property on Thursday and the local mob of kangaroos disappeared as the fire advanced.
"We have had about half the mob return, however there was no sign of Baldwin," Ms Collins said.
Then, some quick-thinking police officers at East Lynne noticed an eastern grey kangaroo with burnt feet and notified WIRES volunteer rescuer Shelley Clarke, who recognised the kangaroo as Baldwin.
"He spent a night at our house at Tomakin recovering before being transported this morning back to the property at East Lynne." Ms Clarke said.
"We've treated his feet for burns and luckily there are no serious injuries. Thanks to the generosity of the local community we can afford to feed the mob, and other wildlife across the region until we get some rain and natural grasses return to the area.
"It's been quite an adventure for one little kangaroo."
Donations to assist with food and medical bills for wildlife displaced or injured from the fires can be made to WIRES Mid-South coast here.
Please select Mid South Coast from the pull-down list of offices / branches.
For rescue help please call WIRES Rescue Line 1300 094 737.
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