Baby Kangaroos Are Stranded in Their Pouches When Mama Dies...Until He Comes Along | 22 Words

“It was bloated and rotting. It’d been dead for a few days but there was still a joey barely alive in there.”

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“I called her Palau after the TV show Survivor. It was one of the tribes on there,” he continued. “I nursed her back to health and released her a year later.”

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It was that first rescue that motivated Barns to set up an education center because “so many people drive past carcasses not knowing that there could be a little joey inside that’s still alive,” he said.

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He quickly discovered that The Baby Kangaroo Rescue Centre needed to be expanded but, despite working two jobs, he didn’t have the funds until a supportive uncle left him an inheritance to build it.

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From there, Brolga’s Kangaroo Sanctuary has continued to grow and his efforts were even documented for a BBC TV show called Kangaroo Dundee, a two-part series about his story and life as a surrogate mother to so many joeys.

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His work and his amazing sanctuary are a beautiful sight…

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