In April 2018, nineteen-year-old Jack Donnelly and Nick Heath were out riding their motorbikes by the Nepean River in Sydney, Australia. The place they were in was very muddy, but the boys didn’t mind.
Then, Jack spotted something strange.
He saw a little kangaroo who was trapped in the mud. The kangaroo looked like he had been stuck for some time, and he was struggling to survive.
The boys stopped and decided what to do. They wanted to help the kangaroo, but the mud flats were dangerous. Still, the boys decided it was worth the risk to save a helpless animal. And so, they ran home, grabbed some rope, and headed back to the mud flats.
Nick tied the rope around his waist and started crawling towards the kangaroo. Jack held onto the rope and filmed the daring rescue.
It turned out, crawling through the thick mud was harder than Nick thought it would be. But be pushed through, getting closer and closer to the scared baby kangaroo.
Finally, Nick reached the kangaroo. He carefully pulled the little animal out of the mud and held him tight. Then, he calmly asked Jack to start pulling the rope to help him get back to solid ground.
Soon, Nick and the kangaroo were both safe!
Even though the kangaroo was free, he wasn’t out of danger yet.
The poor animal was covered in cold mud, starving, and dehydrated. The boys immediately called WIRES, a New South Wales-based animal rescue organization. While Nick and Jack waited for WIRES, they held the kangaroo, keeping him warm. They also decided to give him a name: Lucas.
WIRES arrived and took Lucas to their sanctuary. There, they gave him the medical attention he needed.
The vets at WIRES cleaned Lucas up and washed off the clay. Then, they raised his body temperature and gave him warm fluids. Slowly but surely, Lucas began recovering from his ordeal.
A few days after the kangaroo rescue, Australian news agency Nine News picked up the story and interviewed the boys. Both were humble, and they simply smiled when the anchors said they had done something very brave. One of the anchors asked if they would do it again, and Nick quickly responded:
“It’s a pretty patriotic thing to do and we’re proud of what we did. If we saw something like that again, we’ll do it all over again.”
After Lucas recovered, he started spending time outside. WIRES shared a sweet video of the kangaroo hopping around. They also made sure to thank Jack and Nick on their Facebook page:
“What a difference a few days makes! Huge thanks again to Nick and Jack who conducted the amazing rescue of a young male eastern grey kangaroo from the thick mud at Agnes Banks.”
What a difference a few days makes! Huge thanks again to Nick and Jack who conducted the amazing rescue of a young male eastern grey kangaroo from the thick mud at Agnes Banks. WIRES volunteer Josey went out to collect him from the young men. He'd been stuck in thick mud/clay but we have no idea for how long.'Lucas' as Nick & Jack named him is now in care with WIRES volunteer, Desley. Without knowing how long he was struggling to get out of this clay pit, we don't know the extent of his exertion and he is still at risk of myopathy which sadly can be fatal.He was totally covered in thick clay and cold and exhausted. Once sedated, he was slowly warmed, then washed in tepid water to get rid of all clay that was coating him, then warmed up again slowly to get his body temperature up and given warm fluids. As you can see, Lucas is doing well, he is moving well and is alert, however he is still being closely monitored for signs of myopathy. We all hope he will make a full recovery.You can see the rescue footage taken by Jack and their interview with Channel 9 https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/04/23/18/03/agnes-banks-boys-rescue-kangaroo-from-mud
Posted by WIRES on Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Jack and Nick are two selfless teens who risked their lives to save an animal in need. These two are true heroes!
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