Australian Police Rescue Drowning Kangaroo

October 30, 2018

Two police officers rushed into the water to save a drowning kangaroo that had got into difficulty off the Australian coast.

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Credit: Victoria Police / Facebook

Sergeants Christopher Russo and Kirby Tonkin pulled the unconscious animal to shore and performed chest compressions to revive 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," Sgt Russo said.

"I grabbed his tail and Kirby cradled his head and dragged him onto the beach and cleared his lungs to get the water out of him. Then we just started to push on his chest and he started breathing again and I could feel a heartbeat."

The kangaroo is now "in good spirits" and recovering at the local Animalia Wildlife Shelter.

Video of the rescue was filmed by a beachgoer and shared by Victoria Police on Facebook.

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