Injured kangaroo forces shutdown of Australian airport

Wildlife Victoria volunteer Ella Rountree (L) and Geoffrey Fuller pose with a rescued kangaroo named Cyrus in a shop at Melbourne airport in this October 16, 2013 handout picture. REUTERS/Wildlife
Wildlife Victoria volunteer Ella Rountree, left, and Geoffrey Fuller pose with a rescued kangaroo named Cyrus in a shop at Melbourne airport on Oct. 16. Credit: Reuters

An injured kangaroo shut down part of Melbourne Airport on Wednesday after it hopped through the busy terminal and into a drug store.

Police in the southeastern Australian city secured the store before wildlife workers tranquilized and captured the animal.

Given the name Cyrus, after one of his rescuers, the male eastern grey kangaroo was injured by a vehicle on a nearby road before making his way to the airport’s second level.

Cyrus was now in veterinary care, said Karen Masson, the chief executive of Wildlife Victoria.

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.

“We get calls,” Masson said. “There are a lot of ‘roos out there.”


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