Woman Jumps Into Freezing Canal And Ends Up Saving Someone Huge
She didn’t have much time …
On a recent walk around Cobram East, Australia, a woman named Chris was stunned to notice a huge gray figure struggling in a plastic-lined canal near the road, barely staying afloat.
As she approached, the woman realized the distressed animal was a kangaroo and hurriedly called Dutch Thunder Wildlife Shelter for backup. Soon, rescue personnel were on the scene, ready to help.
At first, rescuers stood on the shore and attempted to move the kangaroo with a pole and net, but it wasn’t working. Time was running out, and it was becoming clear that someone was gonna have to jump in. The water was freezing cold, but rescuer Kylee Donkers wasn’t deterred — she hopped in the canal and made a beeline for the shivering ‘roo.
“He was becoming distressed and weak, so I went in,” Donkers told The Dodo. “He was scared but happy for the help.”
Carefully, Donkers guided the kangaroo to a nearby ladder, where another rescuer was waiting with a pole to help heave the animal out of the water. In no time, the kangaroo was back on land, safely sedated and finally beginning to warm up.
Back at the shelter, the ‘roo enjoyed lounging in a blanket. In a matter of hours, he’d regained his strength and was ready to return to his home in the wild.
Rescuers were thrilled at how quickly the kangaroo recovered. Oftentimes when animals slip into these dangerous plastic-lined channels, they’re not so lucky. Watching the kangaroo recuperate, the rescuers were thankful that this time everything had worked out.
“It is always an amazing feeling when you have a positive outcome,” Donkers said.
Once fully recovered, the kangaroo was moved to a soft-release pen, where he could leave whenever he felt up to it. Eventually, the grateful ‘roo hopped out of the pen, happy to be free of the frigid waters and back in the wild where he belonged.