Kangaroo Pulled Out Of The Sea By Surfing Hero

By: Tim Greyton

On Australia's Gold Coast a strange but valiant life saving event took place where a passer by pulled a drowning kangaroo from the water.

Local surfer and general extreme sports enthusiast Neil McCallum spotted an object out to sea that he had never seen before. It was swimming very poorly and kept getting swept under the waves. As he shielded his eyes to get a better look he saw that it was in fact an infant kangaroo that had bizarrely found its way quite a distance out to sea. Neil thought quickly and grabbing one of his trusty surfboards out he went to see if he could help the poor creature.

When he got to the Kangaroo it was very tired. It had been some time in the water and it was having to fight against repetitive beatings from the waves. An attempt was made by Neil to bring the kangaroo on the board with him but it kept struggling and ended up falling back off again. A number of people in kayaks were also in the area but not close enough to help. Neil changed his tact and and with the kangaroo secure under one arm, he used the other to paddle back to land. Thankfully both arrived back at the beach in one piece, albeit a little shaken up.

Experts are at loss as why the kangaroo thought it could swim, although they have named him Ian, after their national swimming champion Ian Thorpe. “Kangaroos are definitely not known for their swimming abilities" states Harry Kernel of the Queensland Nature Park. He continued to say that kangaroos would only ever enter water to escape a predator or if they knew its depth was lower than their chest, but perhaps this one was a bit simple.

Ian has been feeding and exercising a nearby sanctuary for animals and is doing well. He will be released soon but along way from the coast where he can’t get himself into any more trouble. Neil refuses to take any praise for his actions, saying that anyone would have done the same if they had seen a helpless creature in trouble.

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