‘There are hundreds of unmarked mineshafts in this area, you can’t see them, anyone could fall in.’
There were scratches on the wall where the 70kg make Eastern Grey kangaroo had been attempting to get out.
He was found to be suffering with hypothermia and a lack of food, and went into shock once rescued.
The three men carried the roo to the car a few hundred metres away, before securing him on a stretcher.
He was then taken to Hepburn Wildlife Shelter where Jon Rowdown and Gayle Chappell performed emergency treatment.
The mud was washed off him and helped to raise his dangerously low temperature.
Luckily, it sounds like the critter is on the road to recovery.
Mr Sari explained, ‘Upon first glance of him, we were very distressed at his futile situation. He was half submerged in freezing, muddy water and alert, so we held little hope for survival.’
‘This boy was one of the very few lucky ones,’ he added.