#notajoke: Injured kangaroo hops into airport pharmacy
Astonished travelers watched as the kangaroo stumbled around the pharmacy’s aisles, finally being captured in the skin-care section.
The New York Times
An injured kangaroo managed to make its way into Melbourne Airport in Australia on Wednesday, ending up, fittingly, in a pharmacy on the second floor of the domestic terminal.
Astonished travelers watched as the bleeding kangaroo stumbled around the aisles. The creature was eventually captured in the skin-care section of the pharmacy by a dark-clad woman and a man in a Qantas Airways vest, who can be seen on video casting a cloth over the ailing animal and then gently tackling it. Shop workers, Qantas staff and federal police watched over the kangaroo in the pharmacy for a couple hours before wildlife officers arrived. It was placed under the care of a veterinarian.
The airport is ringed partly by bushland that is apparently frequented by kangaroos. This one chose to end up at the Qantas terminal, an apt destination since the airline’s symbol is the kangaroo and it is known among Australians as the “Flying Kangaroo.”
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the animal had been hit by a vehicle outside the terminal. Wildlife Victoria, an animal-emergency-response service, said it sent two trained rescue volunteers to help capture the creature, and the kangaroo, nicknamed Cyrus after “one of the helpers at the scene,” was tranquilized before being turned over to the veterinarian. Cyrus was later recorded resting comfortably at a wildlife shelter.
This isn’t the first time a kangaroo has paid a visit to Melbourne Airport. Last year, a ‘roo was found bouncing around one of the airport’s parking garages.
Naturally, the episode was fodder for social media. An Australian comedian, Julia Morris, who happened to be at the airport when the kangaroo came by, was reduced to clever hashtags to try to top the reality of the situation.
“Ok, so I’m at Melbourne airport & a KANGAROO has just jumped into the chemist,” she wrote on Twitter, adding, “#notajoke #soundslikeajoke #mustneedaprescriptionfilled.”
Material from The Associated Press is included in this report.