Heartbreaking photo shows a male kangaroo mourning his partner’s body after being hit by a car with a joey in her pouch
- The six-month-old female kangaroo and joey were hit by a car and left for dead
- Image of male kangaroo mourning the death of his partner in Victoria’s Yarra Glen
- Rescuers took out the joey hoping to save him, but unfortunately he died
Animal rescuers captured the heartbreaking moment when a male kangaroo mourned the loss of its female companion and her joey after they were run over.
The six-month-old female kangaroo and her joey were hit by a car and left for dead in Yarra Glen, about 40 km northeast of Melbourne.
Animal protection volunteers Vicki Lloyd-Smith and Pam Roxon – who took the photo – took the joey out of the mother’s pouch, but he died in a nearby shelter.
The male kangaroo is seen stroking his partner’s body after being hit by a car and left for dead 40 km from Melbourne
The disturbing image shows the troubled male kangaroo caressing his partner’s corpse.
Mrs. Lloyd-Smith and Mrs. Roxon took the photo to show the compassion and sad kangaroos when they lose a partner and a baby.
Nikki Sutterby, president of the Australian Society for Kangaroos, confirmed that the marsupials are sensitive and take great care of their families.
“They are regularly seen in the wild and in care to actively protect their family, and show deep loyalty and affection and grief and sorrow when they die,” she told the Herald Sun..