A heartbreaking photo has emerged today that shows the harsh realities of speeding cars in Australia's outback...
Kangaroos are one of Australia's most beloved native animals.
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Every year, thousands of kangaroos are killed on the road...
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It's always a devastating situation...
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So many grieving kangaroos and their joeys are left behind...
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A female kangaroo carrying a 6-month-old joey was struck by a speeding car in Yarra Glen, just east of Melbourne...
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A buck thought to be the female's companion, avoided being hit himself...
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The Australian Society for Kangaroos broke the tragic news.
via: GettyThe organization, which describes itself as a company "dedicated to the victims of the world's largest wildlife slaughter," took to Facebook to show the world the harsh reality of speeding cars in the outback.
via: Getty"Wildlife rescuers called to a deceased female kangaroo and her joey in Melbourne were overwhelmed with emotion when they found a male kangaroo standing over his dead partner trying to help her."
The post continued:
via: Getty"Rescuers observed the male stroking the female looking clearly distraught over her loss and the fate of his baby now orphaned and lying helpless in her pouch."
Despite being moved by the sight, the rescuers wanted to capture the moment and share it with the world.
via: Getty"The dedicated rescuers involved, Vicki Lloyd-Smith and Pam Rixon (who took the image), wanted to share these images to show the world that kangaroos are victims and feel pain and compassion, which is very apparent by the look on his face."
Prior to contrary belief, kangaroos are incredibly social animals...
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The organization explained:
via: Getty"Kangaroos are family animals with close family bonds and complex social structures. They are regularly witnessed in the wild and in care actively protecting their family, showing deep loyalty and affection and distress and grief when they die."
Kangaroos are known to live and survive in large groups...
via: GettyAnd often engage in bonding activities such as nose touching or sniffing to build cohesion within the group.
Joeys are incredibly dependent on their mothers, too.
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Sadly, most Australians aren't aware of the impact these roadkills have on kangaroos.
via: Getty"The impact of the unrelenting slaughter of these sensitive family orientated creatures across the Australian outback every night is horrific, yet most Australians remain unaware."
So, when they stumbled upon the grieving buck...
via: GettyThey knew that however disturbing the photo be, they just had to share it with the world.
Here's the tragic photograph.
The 6-month-old joey rescued from his dead mother's pouch was taken to a nearby wildlife shelter...
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You can read their full post here.Let's only hope that it will spread the awareness of the impact speeding cars has on these beautiful creatures.
Now, 2020 hasn't been kind to kangaroos.
via: GettyAt the start of the year, Australia was torn apart by devastating bushfires, and thousands of kangaroos perished as a result. Keep scrolling to read more...