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Joey finds a home: Australian cop adopts baby kangaroo orphaned on remote road

A Western Australian police officer has adopted a baby kangaroo after its mother was killed by a truck in the remote midwest region.

The baby kangaroo was found by police inside its mother's pouch after she had been knocked down and killed by a truck near the town of Cue in Western Australia
The baby kangaroo was found by police inside its mother’s pouch after she had been knocked down and killed by a truck near the town of Cue in Western Australia Image by Karen Hull / CC BY 2.0

Animal loving Constable Scott Mason, who is also a former paramedic, saw the young roo when it was brought into Cue Police Station after being found inside its dead mother’s pouch.  The animal lover said the baby was both very thin and dehydrated. “We’re doing what we can,” he said. According to 9News.com.au, the young officer will have his hands full over the coming weeks as his wife has only recently given birth to their first child. The constable, who only moved to Cue earlier this year,  explained that the joey will need to be fed every three hours. He joked that it would be his little child as his wife is still in Perth with their baby. She has her newborn and now “I’ve got a little one as well,” he chuckled.

Cue, Western Australia.
Cue, Western Australia. Image by Graeme Churchard / CC BY 2.0

As Cue community liaison officer, Scott is now hoping to set-up a wildlife rescue centre in the town of 300 citizens. The constable and his colleagues have called to their fellow denizens to come up with a name for the joey because it will need to be looked after for a number of years before being released back into the bush. Constable Mason said initially he was planning to name it after his son, but his wife put a veto on that. Now it has gone public as they look for a cute name for the Cue Roo.