Arrow removed from kangaroo joey's head

The Eastern Grey kanagaroo joey which was shot through the head with an arrow in Durras had the arrow removed on Saturday morning and was released back to the wild.   

The mob the joey belongs to returned to feed at the ground of the Durras Lake North Holiday Park on Saturday morning and residents of the park were able to secure it and successfully remove the arrow. 

The arrow has been given to Batemans Bay Police. 

A WIRES macropod carer of the mid-South Coast branch of WIRES was called in to assess the animal. After consulting with a local vet and the local WIRES macropod coordinator, it was agreed to release the joey back to its mob.  

WIRES spokesman Justin McKee said the arrow wound was "remarkably clean" and there was a high chance it would self-repair without intervention.

"Given the level of stress the animal has experienced, and the potential for it to develop post-capture myopathy, it was decided that it is in the best of the joey to remain alongside its mother in the wild for now and be observed," he said.

"In the event that the wound should become infected, or there is indication its health is diminishing, WIRES will bring the animal in for treatment."

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