A KANGAROO had to be shot with a tranquilliser so it could be removed from an industrial area at South Nowra on Tuesday morning.
The kangaroo had found its way inside a fenced area on Monday night. When staff at the Nowra Paint Place arrived and unlocked the gate they discovered the animal.
Melissa Allen from the Nowra Paint Place called Shoalhaven City Council rangers who told her to phone the National Parks and Wildlife Service which told her to phone Wildlife Rescue South Coast.
Wildlife Rescue South Coast volunteer Belinda Gales attended the scene and called on Shoalhaven vet Justin Clarke.
“I didn’t want to cut the fence because I don’t know who owns the property and I didn’t want the kangaroo to go out onto the highway. It was clearly distressed so it needed to be dealt with quickly,” she said.
“I was a zookeeper at Western Plains Zoo and have worked with a lot of kangaroos. In fact, I’m caring for 15 at the moment. It’s a very busy period,” she said.
Mr Clarke shot the kangaroo with a tranquilliser dart.
It was then taken away and released onto the property of another animal carer.
“This was a young male maybe, three years old. It was stressed because it was enclosed and they can die from stress.
“They can also injure people if they feel cornered,” he said.
To report an injured animal phone Wildlife Rescue South Coast on 0418 427 214.