Spotlight on roo safety

By Michael Roberts | posted on May 8, 2020

KANGAROOS and cars unfortunately don’t mix.

A dead roo lying still on the side of the road is a common sight in Australia.

And as we enter the colder months, when the risk of kangaroo collision is highest, a wildlife carer is urging motorists to have more care for our native animals out on the road.

Maggie Van Santen from the Amaris Wildlife Sanctuary in Tenterden calls this time of year ‘Pinkie Season’, which is when kangaroos carry furless, pink joeys in their pouch.

When there’s a crash involving a female roo, Ms Van Santen wants drivers to check whether there’s a joey still alive in the pouch and call for help.

“The sooner we can get to the joey, the more chance we have of successfully keeping it alive,” she said.

For Ms Van Santen, it’s heartbreaking to find a baby roo freezing to death in its mum’s pouch.

“When they are that age and really cold, it’s hard to keep them alive because their organs start shutting down,” she said.

“In the last week four joeys have been found that way, and they’ve all died because they’ve been left for too long.”

If you spot a pink joey on the side of the road, Ms Van Santen advised to put them in a warm bag and call a licensed rescue organisation.

In the Great Southern, Ms Van Santen recommended phoning Healing Hands Wildlife Care on 0475 442 202 or Born Free on 0427 772 312.

According to insurance company Budget Direct, kangaroo car accidents are most likely to occur between 5pm and 10pm.

The RAC recommends if you spot an animal near a road, attempt to break, but don’t swerve as this can endanger yourself or your passengers.