Jerk puts joey in a mailbox, but the injured kangaroo thankfully rescued

An orphaned joey is very lucky to be alive after someone put the helpless animal into an Australia Post mailbox last week.

WIRES, an Australian wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organization, got the call early Friday morning after a passerby heard “distressing sounds” coming from inside a postal box on the Gold Coast.

There is no way the young kangaroo could have gotten inside on its own.

This is the mailbox the joey was found inside on Nov. 13. Photo: WIRES/Facebook

A WIRES rescue team member from Queensland and the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services quickly arrived on scene.

They were shocked with what they found.

The joey was orphaned for probably around two days, experts said. Photo: WIRES/Facebook

“(The) crew helped to get the exhausted and stressed joey out and Amy was able to get her quickly and safely to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation where she spent the day being treated for dehydration,” WIRES explained.

The joey spent all Friday on an IV drip and her condition improved significantly.

The rescued joey with vets. Photo: Currumbin Wildlife Hospital/Facebook

Vets figure the 2.4 kilogram eastern grey kangaroo joey is around 7-months-old and was abandoned for about two days.

Did you hear about the kangaroo joey that was found in a PO BOX? 🦘 The 2.4kg eastern grey kangaroo joey approx. 7 months…

Posted by Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation on Sunday, November 15, 2020

The joey was then taken to Wildcare Australia Inc., another rehab facility, for continuing care.

The baby kangaroo had a team of rescuers behind her. Photo: Wildcare Australia Inc./Facebook

“We are so grateful for the quick response,” Wildcare later posted on Facebook, thanking fire crews, vets and Australia Post.

We are so grateful for the quick response of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES and Australia Post this…

Posted by Wildcare Australia Inc. on Thursday, November 12, 2020

WIRES is just outraged by the entire episode.

“This was a disturbing rescue and is now being investigated as an act of cruelty and RSPCA QLD are appealing for anyone with information to come forward,” it noted.

WIRES Emergency Rescue Queensland team member Amy, received a call early on Friday morning – a distressed joey had been…

Posted by WIRES on Friday, November 13, 2020

The baby kangaroo, happily, is doing much better.

There is no word yet of any charges.

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