Joey rescued after days stuck down a hole in Merimbula

Image of distressed joey taken moments before being rescued. "Looks like she was here for a couple of days," said wildlife carer Janine Green. The joey had fallen in the hole and was unable to climb out. Photo: Supplied
Image of distressed joey taken moments before being rescued. "Looks like she was here for a couple of days," said wildlife carer Janine Green. The joey had fallen in the hole and was unable to climb out. Photo: Supplied

A kangaroo joey has been rescued after being stuck down a hole for days in Merimbula on the Far South Coast.

According to WIRES wildlife carer Janine Green, the joey was discovered by three children who were playing near the Merimbula Skatepark.

Ms Green was called to the rescue last week after Ella Cox, Campbell Lovatt and Banjo Bird found the joey at the bottom of a two-metre deep hole.

She said the joey was retrieved by placing a harness around her and pulling her out of the hole.

"When we got her she was very distressed, dehydrated and riddled with ticks, " Ms Green said.

"She must have been down there for a couple of days, lucky the kids came across her or we wouldn't have found her otherwise."

 Kids to the rescue: "Lucky" joey pictured with wildlife carer Janine Green and children Ella Cox, Campbell Lovatt and Banjo Bird who raised the alarm after finding her down a two metre deep hole in Merimbula. Photo: Supplied.

Kids to the rescue: "Lucky" joey pictured with wildlife carer Janine Green and children Ella Cox, Campbell Lovatt and Banjo Bird who raised the alarm after finding her down a two metre deep hole in Merimbula. Photo: Supplied.

Ms Green said it was likely the mother, after not being able to find the joey, hopped away.

She thanked the kids for their "fast thinking" actions which involved running to the nearby Woolworths to find help.

The hole has been reported to Bega valley Shire Council, meanwhile the joey remains in WIRES care with Ms Green and is recuperating.

WIRES was also called to an incident at Tura Beach last week. The devastating incident where a driver allegedly mowed down and killed 20 kangaroos last week, not only shocked locals it also made national and international headlines.

Ms Green reported three surviving kangaroo joeys have begun to settle and are on the mend. The two older males have moved into care with Wildlife Rescue South Coast where they have become part of a buddy system with kangaroos the same size. It is hoped they will form a mob and eventually be released together.

A younger female joey, called Delilha, who feeds six times a day is still under the care of WIRES at Ms Green's home.

Ms Green said after last week's incident she has received overwhelming support from the local community and beyond.

"I'm blown away. Total strangers have approached me in the supermarket asking me if I am okay. Business owners have asked if I need anything. We've received cards, flowers, and donations of money," she said.

WIRES can be contacted on 6495 4150.

This story Joey rescued after days stuck down a hole in Merimbula first appeared on Bega District News.

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