Sunday, August 12, 2012
Back on your feet again
She feared the baby kangaroo, named Keith, was at risk of losing the use of his toe — and his ability to hop away from predators.
"Once a toe dies it is useless and then you've got the risk of bone infection," she told ninemsn.
"The only option is for the toe to be amputated or for the kangaroo to be euthanased — and for a wild kangaroo there can be no amputations, it's not allowed."
But this month the joey was caught on film hopping again for the first time since the accident.
"After seven weeks of nursing and still not knowing the final outcome, I was very anxious," said Ms Turner, who has dedicated the past 17 years of her life to rescuing wildlife.
Ms Turner has tracked Keith's progress on her self-funded shelter's Facebook page since he was brought in.
A family found the wounded animal while they were out collecting firewood.
"They came across a mob of kangaroos that got disturbed and took off, leaving him behind, hanging from a fence," she said.
"When a kangaroo flips over a fence, their toe locks into two strands of wire and you cannot get it out without assistance. He was so lucky these people saw it and were able to get him out."
Now that Keith is on the road to recovery, he will be "buddied up" with other kangaroos before being released back into the wild.
"It'll be a soft release, so we'll open the enclosure and he can come and go as he pleases," Ms Turner said.