Officers Spring Into Action To Help Mammal On Beach
Joshua Patton 11/7/2018
When you are a police officer, you never really know what is on the other end of a dispatch call, as two police officers in Australia found out.
For most Americans, seeing a Kangaroo on the beach would both delight and befuddle them. For Australians, however, that's just one of the hazards of being on the continent-sized island. Kangaroos are something akin to national mascots and national pests.
So, when Victoria Police Sergeants Christopher Russo and Kirby Tonkin received reports about a kangaroo on the beach, they didn't know what to expect.
Local resident Mia Grant was the eagle-eyed Aussie who spotted the wayward 'roo hopping across a busy highway towards Safety Beach.
She pulled out her phone to start filming, especially when he jumped into the waves for a swim. However, the kangaroo ended up caught in a riptide and lost its footing. Mia and some others jumped in the water, pulling it to safety.
When Christopher and Kirby arrived, the frightened 'roo hopped back into the surf. Quickly taking off their kit, the two police officers dove into the water to rescue it.
"He had less than a minute… he went under and as he came up you could see foam coming out of his nose. He was drowning," Christopher told the press afterwards.
The two men dashed out to the animal, but it was unconscious by the time the officers got to it. They made their way to the shore. Christopher dragged the animal by his tail onto the beach, which may look cruel but helped to get water out of its lungs.
Still, it wasn't enough. When other helpers swarmed around with towels and blankets the little 'roo wasn't breathing.
Their life-saving training kicking in, the officers weren't ready to give up on the kangaroo just yet. As Kirby cradled the animal's head, Christopher began to do chest compressions. Just like with a human, the animal's lungs started working and its heart started beating.
The officers said they felt good about rescuing the critter, with Kirby adding that "every life is worth saving."
For the rattled 'roo, the two officers covered it in a blanket before moving it.
After the kangaroo calmed down and was breathing a bit more normally, the two officers took it to the police station. They made the kangaroo comfortable there until wildlife services came to claim it.
Director of the local shelter Michelle Thomas said that the 'roo is on the road to recovery. It's spending its time in a grass paddock with lots of food and water.
Watch this dramatic rescue unfold: