as these photos are, and at the chance that you will be distressed by seeing them,
I have decided that they must be shown.
is a "pinkie" Eastern Grey Kangaroo joey that was rescued from the jaws
small poodle, and brought to me by a fellow carer, Kylie.
was on her way to my place when she saw the dog with something in its mouth. Realizing
what it was she screamed at her partner to stop the car and she chased the dog,
which eventually dropped the joey in the dirt.
poor joey suffered horrible injuries, as you can see in these photos. He was bruised
badly and had puncture wound all over his face, back and rear end. His eyes were
full of grit as his head had been dragged in the dirt as the dog trotted along.
He would have been in incredible pain.
the time the joey got to me its breathing had become very laboured and rattly,
and we assumed that his lungs had been punctured.
and I euthanased him, but he was dying anyway.
why am I showing you these photos? So that you can see what domestic animals do
to our wild Australian native animals. Even a small dog, like a poodle, can cause
utter devastation......... imagine what bigger dogs can do.
a kangaroo with a joey in its pouch is chased there is a strong likelihood that
the joey will be dropped. In instances of sheer terror the muscles around the
pouch relax and the joey falls.
If a kangaroo is chased or is severely stressed it may develop Cardiac Myopathy,
kind of like a heart attack. Kangaroos also suffer from Capture Myopathy, from
being chased or restrained, which is rapid muscle degeneration and often results
There is a chance that this joey may have died of stress induced myopathy. Additionally,
if this joeys mother was chased and managed to get away she still may have died
from a heart attack or Capture Myopathy.
approached the owner of the dog and told him what had happened. He was very distressed
and never thought that his small dog could do so much damage. He assured me that
he would take measures so that it wouldn't happen again.
a dog has been "blooded" it will have the desire to repeats its actions.
Unless the dog is enclosed in a suitable area, it will kill again. It's a certainty.
urge everybody to keep domestic dogs and cats enclosed at all times, especially
those that are living in or near bushland, so that they cannot kill or cause injury
to our beautiful wild native animals.