A heartbreaking photo has emerged today that shows the harsh realities of speeding cars in Australia’s outback…
But, sadly, that doesn’t mean they’re always out of harm’s way.
Usually by cars and trucks.
But it’s made even more heartbreaking so when the kangaroo leaves behind a family.
And, this week, a photo of this tragic circumstance was caught on camera, breaking the hearts of thousands.
And was subsequently left for dead at the side of the road.
But he was left to mourn the loss of his mate.
The 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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
And they experience emotion and grief in a similar way to us humans.
“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.”
And often engage in bonding activities such as nose touching or sniffing to build cohesion within the group.
So, if a new mother is hurt or killed, the joey’s chances of survival are slim.
“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.”
They knew that however disturbing the photo be, they just had to share it with the world.
You can just see the pain in the buck’s eyes as he stands over the body of his mate and joey – horrendous.
But, sadly, he died from his injuries shortly after. They named him Floyd.
Let’s only hope that it will spread the awareness of the impact speeding cars has on these beautiful creatures.
At the start of the year, Australia was torn apart by devastating bushfires, and thousands of kangaroos perished as a result.
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