Wed. Oct 27th, 2021

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The ACT government has had to shut down a famous kangaroo who was seen pulling from Burley Griffin Lake in a viral video last month. The roo was seen stuck and shaking in the cold water around noon. 7 on September 17th. Penelope Twemlow said she saw the kangaroo try to fight a man on a bicycle before ending up in the lake. “I saw a kangaroo fighting for lack of a better word, a gentleman on a bicycle,” she said. “That gentleman had the bike between him and the kangaroo to try to defend himself, and the moment he tried to escape, the kangaroo went after him again,” Mrs. Twemlow said. “On the eve, the kangaroo ended up in Burley Griffin Lake.” Mrs Twemlow said the kangaroo “was visibly in shock and shaking quite badly” before spectators tried to take it out of the lake. “I just thought we had to get that poor thing out of the water and then try to get it on dry land so it can do what it has to do,” she said. After being pulled on a grassy spot, the kangaroo “essentially started fighting one of the gentlemen again and then jumped straight back into the water and swam out to the middle of Lake Burley Griffin,” she said. The kangaroo was eventually taken on dry land, and the rescue video went viral around the world. However, ACT Parks and Conservation said a veterinarian had found the roo was too ill to be rescued after visiting the animal at Burley Griffin Lake. “The government veterinarian examined the kangaroo and found the animal to be in poor physical condition. Considering significant concerns for the kangaroo’s welfare, the animal was killed,” a spokesman said. “Capturing myopathy or muscle damage due to extreme exertion or stress is always a primary consideration in any rescue of a kangaroo.” Several factors contributed to the welfare problems of this kangaroo, including the bad symptoms the animal showed, the place where the animal was found, and the cold, windy weather. “They said rescuing wild animals should be left to professionals.” “For safety reasons, both for the animal and the public, we ask that society not try to save itself,” they said. Give the animal space and keep an eye on them from a distance – make sure there is enough space for the animal to leave the area. “If you see an injured or distressed animal, call Access Canberra on 13 22 81 or ACT Wildlife on 0432 300 033. Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this outbreak of COVID-19 in ACT and lockdown is free for all However, we rely on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you can, please subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also sign up for our regular newsletter. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community, so you can continue to access our trusted content:

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