Last week, a four-month-old kangaroo, now named Cuejo, was found inside his mother’s pouch after she was killed and handed over to officers at the Cue Police Station in Western Australia. The mother of the young animal was reportedly hit and killed by a truck, leaving Cuejo to fend for himself. When handed over to the police, officers found that he was extremely dehydrated and skinny. After the force did everything they could do help the fragile creature, Cue community liaison officer and animal lover, Scott Mason, went an extra step and decided to adopt the orphaned kangaroo.
Mason, who is a former paramedic, has garnered the interest of thousands around the internet with updates on the baby. Considering how adamantly he follows the young officer, it looks like the two are already getting along.
Mason first took to the internet through Twitter in search of a name for the animal. Days later, after many comments and suggestions, he landed on Cuejo.
Mason has been feeding the infant kangaroo every three hours.
Cuejo misses his mother’s warm pouch very much and hops in Mason’s shirt in hopes that it will be a similar experience.
Cuejo seems to be fitting in quite well!
Not only will Mason be caring for Cuejo for many years to come, but he plans on opening up a wildlife sanctuary of his own in the small town of Cue!
NOTE: As an important note, do not try to help wildlife of any sort unless you are trained. Find a local wildlife rehabber/rescuer or veterinarian ASAP, or call a rescue hotline. Here are some that might help!
All Images Source: Western Australia Police/Facebook