You never know who (or what) you’ll encounter at the airport.
On October 16, a kangaroo surprised travellers at Melbourne Airport when it hopped through the busy terminal and into the pharmacy, an appropriate area considering its injuries.
Given the name Cyrus, after one of his rescuers, the male eastern grey kangaroo had been injured by a vehicle on a nearby road before making his way to the airport’s second level.
Shop workers, Qantas staff and federal police contained the bleeding kangaroo in the pharmacy for a couple hours before wildlife officers arrived. Two rescue volunteers then tranquilized the animal and took it to a vet for treatment, Wildlife Victoria said in a statement.
Wildlife volunteer Ella Rountree said that an initial examination showed that Cyrus the kangaroo had injuries to his feet.
This is not the first time, kangaroos have been spotted at the airport. The Daily Mail reports that in January a marsupial had to be shot with a tranquiliser gun after leading security guards and police on a chase around the terminal car park. While another kangaroo, nicknamed Qantas, also had to be tranquilised in the car park in October last year. The terminal is near bushland frequented by groups of kangaroos, with some ending up stranded in the airport’s parking lot several times a month.
Cyrus can been seen recuperating in this Wildlife Victoria Facebook post.
Get well soon Cyrus!