Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Lulu To the Rescue

CANBERRA - A kangaroo named Lulu is to receive a national bravery award after raising the alarm to save an Australian farmer knocked unconscious by a fallen tree branch.

Hobby farmer Leonard Richards was checking for storm damage on his property at Tanjil South, 150 km (93 miles) east of Melbourne, last September when he was hit by a falling branch.

In a story reminiscent of the long-running Australian children's television series Skippy, in which a kangaroo rescued people in distress in the Australian bush, Lulu began barking until Richards' wife came to investigate, said the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).

She found her husband lying unconscious under a tree about 200 meters (650 feet) from the house, guarded by the kangaroo. Richards was taken to hospital to be treated for minor head injuries.

The RSPCA has given Lulu its animal valor award to recognize the kangaroo's heroic act with a certificate to be presented to Richards at a ceremony next month.
I don't think we'll have 'seeing eye' kangaroos any time soon but I wonder where exactly was 'man's best friend' when this happened. You'll note they're both getting treats in the picture -wonderful story.


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