Two men have revealed how they saved a kangaroo trapped in fast-flowing water in Sunbury, Victoria, after a video of the rescue went viral online.
Appearing on Sunrise on Tuesday, friends Rick Koineg and Bryan Starec said they spotted the kangaroo’s head “bobbing up and down in the water” while taking Starec’s dog for a walk.
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The kangaroo had become stuck in an overflowing drain, after heavy rainfall.
“Byan actually tried to go in first but realised he was wearing jeans and a jumper — so I just took my shoes off and jumped straight in after him (the kangaroo),” Koineg said.
In a video of the incident, the roo looks disorientated, struggling to keep its head up, as the fast-flowing water pushes the animal downstream.
Two men have revealed how they saved a kangaroo trapped in fast-flowing water in Sunbury, Victoria. Credit: Sunrise
Koineg lifts the kangaroo out of the stream — safely laying the animal down in shallow water. At first, the kangaroo didn’t seem very appreciative, taking a swing at the men.
“He was a bit angry at me (after the rescue) … he’s all right now,” Starec said.
The clip finishes with the kangaroo safely hopping away on a concrete path.
Koineg said he underestimated the danger involved in the rescue.
In a video of the incident, the roo looks disorientated, struggling to keep its head up, as the fast-flowing water pushes the animal downstream. Credit: Sunrise
“I absolutely underestimated the speed and the depth of the water when I waded in,” he said.
“I’ve never seen it this flooded and this fast-flowing before.
“My theatrical voice in the background — I think it was more nerves and adrenaline.”
Despite the danger, Koineg admitted he would perform the heroic act again, if he spotted another animal in trouble.
“Absolutely … without a second thought, (I would),” he said.
While Sunbury, about 38 kilometres north of Melbourne, has copped a drenching recently, it has not been impacted by floods affecting other parts of Victoria.
Central Victoria is currently enduring floods, including in parts of Seymour and Yea, which have been evacuated.
Emergency crews made more than 38 flood rescues in Victoria in the 24 hours to 10am on Monday, bringing the state’s total flood rescue count to 58 since January 1.