To the roo-scue: this guy's lucky the cops were around
Kangaroo saved by Aussie officers after he went for a very ill-advised surf
A kangaroo that hopped into the sea for a dip at a Melbourne beach had to be rescued by Australian police and brought back to life with CPR, officers said on Sunday.
They were called to Safety Beach in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon amid reports that the animal was struggling in the water.
When they arrived, the roo had already made its way back on to dry land and was on the sand, where a beachgoer had covered it with a blanket.
But as they approached, it suddenly turned around and bounded back into the waves.
“It began to swim, but got into difficulty in the swell and breaking waves, and went under water a couple of times,” police said.
Two officers jumped into the water and managed to bring the marsupial, by now unconscious, back to a grassy area and resuscitate it using compressions.
They did not use the “kiss of life”, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, said police.
The animal was then taken to a police station and, after an assessment, said to be “in good spirits and lucky to be alive given the amount of saltwater he inhaled”.
While known for their jumping prowess, most kangaroos are also capable swimmers, although they rarely take to the water.