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  Baby kangaroo saved from bush fires
Updated 08 January 2002, 16.20

One lucky kangaroo has had a miraculous escape from the Australian bush fires.

It's feared tens of thousands of native animals have been killed in the blazes because they can't get away fast enough.

Among the victims are kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and smaller creatures like reptiles and insects.

Happy ending

But story of the baby Eastern Grey kangaroo in our picture has a happy ending.

He was rescued when he was found on his own in the middle of the road.

Fact File
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It's likely he was abandoned by his mother, who probably threw him out of her pouch to save him from the fires.

Pam Gardner, who's looking after the joey, as baby kangaroos are known, says the people who found him didn't know how to look after it.

So she's now bottle-feeding him with milk and nursing him back to health.

It's thought it'll take years for Australia's wildlife to recover from the fires.


 
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