Kangaroo in viral video recorded from Lake Burley Griffin killed by ACT government vet | Canberra Times

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The ACT government had to take down a famous kangaroo, which was seen removed from Lake Burley Griffin in a viral video last month. Around 7:00 am on the morning of September 17, roo was seen shivering in the cold water. Penelope Twemlow said she saw the kangaroo trying to fight a man on a bike before it fell into the lake. “I saw a kangaroo, who couldn’t find a better word, fighting a gentleman on a bike,” he said. “This gentleman had the bike between himself and the kangaroo to defend himself, and as soon as he tried to escape, the kangaroo again followed him,” said Ms. Twemlow. “In Kerfuffle, the kangaroo ended up in Lake Burley Griffin.” Ms Twemlow said the kangaroo was “apparently in shock and shaking quite badly” before onlookers tried to pull her out of the lake. “I thought we should get the poor thing out of the water and then try to get it ashore so it can do what it’s supposed to do,” he said. After retreating to a grassy area, the kangaroo “actually started fighting again with one of the gentlemen, and then he jumped straight into the water and swam into the middle of Lake Burley Griffin,” he said. The kangaroo was eventually made ashore and the video of the rescue went viral around the world. But ACT Parks and Conservation said a veterinarian found the roo too ill to be saved after visiting the animal at Lake Burley Griffin. “Government veterinarians examined the kangaroo and found that the animal was in poor physical condition. The animal was euthanized given the major concerns about the kangaroo’s health,” a spokesperson said. “Capturing myopathy or muscle damage from overexertion or stress is always a primary consideration in any kangaroo rescue.” A variety of factors contributed to the welfare concerns for this kangaroo, including the animal’s weak symptoms and its location. The animal was found and it was cold, windy weather.” He said rescuing wild animals should be left to the professionals. “Please make room for the animal and keep an eye on them from afar – leave enough room for the animal to leave the area.” If you see an injured or distressed animal, contact Access Canberra. Call on 13 22 81 or on the ACT. Wildlife on 0432 300 033. Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this COVID-19 outbreak and curfew on the ACT is free for everyone. However, we are dependent on subscription revenue to support our journalism. Where possible , please sign up here. If you’re already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also sign up for our newsletters for regular updates. Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. You can continue to access our trusted content by:


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