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Kangaroo rescued from likely death in plastic bag

RUBBISH TOLL: The rescue of a kangaroo with a plastic bag caught around its neck was captured on camera.
RUBBISH TOLL: The rescue of a kangaroo with a plastic bag caught around its neck was captured on camera. Contributed

WILDLIFE rescuers have shown the world how to bag a live kangaroo - and then unbag it - in an odd rescue captured on camera.

RSPCA senior ambulance officer Jo Jordaan was called out to Wacol where an eastern grey roo had become entangled in a plastic bag.

The sub-adult marsupial had somehow managed to get the bag wrapped around its neck and was not too pleased about it.

Wildlife vet nurse Lewis McKillop documented the event on film.

"The kangaroo kept pulling at it but didn't think to pull it up over his head," Mr McKillop said.

The rescue effort involved Ms Jordaan shooting the male roo with a tranquilizer dart, in order to remove the bag safely while it slept.

"Jo did well to get him first time," Mr McKillop said. "The roo was quite a distance away and the long grass and trees were in the way."

The kangaroo was given some Vitamin E and subcutaneous fluids to help with his recovery.

RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said the event showed the need for people to not leave things like plastic bags lying around.

He said animals could become injured, ill or die due to human carelessness with litter and pollution.

The rescue of a kangaroo with a plastic bag caught around its neck was caught on camera. Photo: Contributed
The rescue of a kangaroo with a plastic bag caught around its neck was caught on camera. Photo: Contributed Contributed

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