‘Horrific’ death for tame roo
IN THE early hours of 29 December 2019, my friend’s kangaroo Free Beer was tragically run over and killed on West Toodyay Road.
My friend Debbie Dymond adopted Free Beer and Bunji two years ago and raised them by hand on her property in Wooroloo.
The kangaroos had to be fed at four-hourly intervals and Debbie basically put her life on hold for two years to raise these beautiful creatures.
Last month Debbie moved to a property on West Toodyay Road to fulfill her dream of ‘rewilding’ her kangaroos.
Tragically Free Beer wandered onto the road and was killed in horrific circumstances.Read more
While I would never condone anyone swerving to miss wildlife on the road – it is possible to lose control of the car – I urge drivers to use caution when driving in areas known for wildlife activity.
If kangaroos are sighted near the road it is possible to slow down in advance.
If a kangaroo is inadvertently hit, it is preferable to pull over and check on the animal.
A ranger can attend to euthanise an injured animal so they don’t suffer unnecessarily, and pouches can be checked for joeys.
Free Beer was a totally tame and loving kangaroo,
He would have been sitting near the road calmly checking things out and his death was avoidable and unnecessary.
His sibling Bunji is so traumatised she spends her days by Debbie’s side or lying down on Free Beer’s grave.
I hope this article raises awareness about wildlife, especially with so many bush creatures lost in recent bushfires and I urge drivers to be vigilant on the road and avoid unnecessary deaths.