“Roo’s life is very important to us.”
As two Australian teenagers cycled close to Sydney, Australia, they saw something strange sticking out of the mud: ahead and two pointed ears, to be exact.
Both 19 years old, Jack Donelly and Nick Heath came in for a closer look and what they saw broke their hearts.
They found a kangaroo that had gone too deep into the mud and was stuck up to its neck.
The roo yelped and was exhausted from struggling to get out.
The pair knew they needed help, so they rushed home to get their supplies, tied a rope around Nick’s waist, and waded into the mud while Jack clung to the rope from the dry land.
The kangaroo relaxed as soon as it got out of the mud.
Nick Heath said: “Roo’s life is very important to us, so we went out on our arm and leg.”
“We think he went looking for water there, and it was really muddy, so he was really stuck.”
The teenagers could see that the kangaroo was not doing well, so they immediately contacted Wildlife Rescue Australia (WIRES).
A spokesman for the rescue shared: ‘He was completely covered in thick clay, cold and exhausted.
“After being sedated, he was slowly warmed, then rinsed in warm water to remove all the [clay] covering him, then rewarmed slowly to bring his body temperature up. He increases and gives warm fluids.”
The kangaroo has now been cleaned and rehabilitated, with rescuers keeping a close eye on it.
“It’s a pretty patriotic thing to do, and we’re proud,” Nick said. “If we ever see something like that again, we’ll do it all over again.”