Two Australian teenagers, Jack Donnelly and Nick Heath, are being praised for their quick-thinking after spotting a kangaroo stuck in deep mud. While riding their motorbikes through the bush at Agnes Banks, the 19-year-olds noticed the helpless marsupial trapped in mud up to its neck. As it tried to escape, the kangaroo growled and grunted in distress.
“I first spotted the roo when Nick and I were riding in the bush and I saw this head sticking out of the mud,” said Jack. Because he and his friend care about animals, they “went out on an arm and leg and got it.” But first, they had to retrieve a long rope. Once they returned, Nick tied a rope around his waist and waded to where the kangaroo was stuck. Then, Jack pulled him back in with the rope — approximately 30 meters.
“We think he went searching for water there and it was really muddy so he got himself really stuck,” added Jack.“It’s a pretty patriotic thing to do and we’re proud of what we did. If we saw something like that again, we’ll do it all over again.”
The boys were so fond of the kangaroo, they named him Lucas. “We just agreed on the name. We liked it; it’s cute,” said Nick. Lucas has since been taken into the care of WIRES, who believes the animal was suffering for a long time before rescued.
Channel 9 News reports that Jack’s grandmother, Kerry Reynolds, is proud of the boys who were “just having fun” while being of service. She said: “It was just good that they stopped and went to the effort of helping the poor thing.”
“They had it in their bath tub trying to get all the mud off,” said Jack’s grandmother. ”They were concerned whether its kidneys would cope with not having enough water, but … they said it would pull through.”
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Images Credit: Nick Heath, 19