If you’ve never held a baby kangaroo, you’re missing out on something special. We visited Josephine’s Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage and spoke with Terry about their rescue program, which began out of necessity and has grown through word of mouth.
They had five young kangaroos that were hand-fed using bottles. All the joeys were rescued when their mothers were killed in vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, kangaroo road kill is common in Australia because people travel far distances to get from one place to another.
Motorists are also trained to keep driving rather than swerve out of the way. Swerving could potentially cause more human injury if the vehicle is traveling at high speeds and flips or crashes into another vehicle. If a kangaroo is hit, the driver must legally stop and check to see that it is dead. If it’s dead, its body must be cleared from the road so other motorists aren’t put in danger. If the animal is still alive, the driver must euthanize it. It is usually during this time that motorists discover a joey in its mom’s pouch and bring it to the orphanage.
In addition to the orphanage, which gladly takes donations, the gallery offers a diverse mix of artwork, crafts and jewelry. You can purchase authentic Aboriginal artwork made by local and world-reknown artists. Fancy a didgeridoo or a boomarang? You can pick that up here as well.
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