If you see a deceased kangaroo on the road
If you find a live joey in a deceased female kangaroo, remove it gently from the pouch. If it has a firm clasp on the teat you may need to cut the teat from the kangaroo, but make sure the cut end has a safety pin or similar so it cannot be swallowed.
Collecting and transporting Joeys
Common mistakes and how to prevent them:
- Noise causes stress, which can kill. Keep the joey quiet, do not play with it, and keep it away from children, pets and loud noises.
- Do not force-feed a joey or offer it cows’ milk, as this will cause diarrhoea and may also cause long-term health issues.
- Joeys have to be properly toileted after feeding. If you do not have any experience toileting marsupials, please hand it over to a marsupial rehabilitator as soon as possible.
Native Animal Rescue has experienced macropod/marsupial rehabilitators and has other contacts that can assist with rehabilitating kangaroo joeys. Please bring the joey into NAR for a check-up, and we will then find the joey a carer.