Beach cops to the rooscue

Central Station | 29 Oct 2018

A kangaroo that hopped into the sea off a Melbourne beach had to be rescued and resuscitated by police.

Officers were called to Safety Beach in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon amid reports the animal was struggling in the water.

But when they arrived the male 'roo had already made its way back to land and was on the sand covered with a blanket by a beachgoer. But as they approached it suddenly turned and bounded back into the waves.

"It began to swim but got into difficulty in the swell and breaking waves and went under water a couple of times," Victoria Police said.

Two officers jumped in and managed to get the marsupial - by now unconscious - to a grassy area and resuscitate it using compressions. They did not use mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

The kangaroo was "lucky to be alive given the amount of saltwater he inhaled."

While known for their jumping prowess most kangaroos are also capable swimmers, but they rarely take to the water.

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