SURPRISE VISITOR: The kangaroo surveys Pat and Terry Quinn’s garden at Noosa Waters.
SURPRISE VISITOR: The kangaroo surveys Pat and Terry Quinn’s garden at Noosa Waters. Conributed

Kangaroo wanders into Noosa garden after canal swim

IT'S COMMON for those fortunate enough to live in a waterfront home in Noosa Waters to have neighbours on boats pull up at their jetties and hop off for a sunset drink.

But last weekend a visitor of a different kind hopped out of the water and on to a jetty - a large kangaroo.

Pat and Terry Quinn had seen the neighbours across the canal looking towards their property in Shorehaven Dv but didn't realise they were watching a kangaroo swimming merrily along the canal until their doorbell rang and a neighbour told them the roo had jumped up on the revetment wall next to their jetty.

"We didn't know what to do," Pat said. "We watched to see where it would go and it took itself off to the front garden. It didn't seem stressed.

"Australia Zoo said there was not a lot they could do.

"They said if they came out to move the kangaroo it could get stressed and go into shock. So we left it in the garden with its bucket of water and went out to check on it at six the next morning. It was gone."

It was sighted by a neighbour walking his dog several days later, happily munching its way through the front garden of a house in Saltwater Ave.

Dr Dan Capps from Noosa District Animal Hospital said kangaroos would usually get into water only if escaping a predator.

"They swim well, but generally only get in the water to get to grass over the other side, or occasionally to clean themselves, but mostly to escape a predator. It most likely became lost and a dog has chased it.''

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