A orphaned joey has hopped into the arms of the law and found a new home there.
On Wednesday morning, the baby kangaroo was found on the side of a Western Australia road inside his dead mother’s pouch, reports Perth Now. Authorities believe the mother was hit by a vehicle and left to die. The joey was removed from the pouch and brought to the Cue Police Station.
Working that day was Constable Scott Mason, an animal lover and former paramedic, who instantly wanted to rescue the orphaned joey. Mason agreed to take the animal home, even though his wife just gave birth to their first child.
“Because it needs to be fed every three hours, it’s going to be my little child basically as my wife’s in Perth with our newborn,” the constable told Perth Now. “So she’s got her newborn and I’ve got a little one as well.”
While still a little dehydrated and malnourished, the baby kangaroo is recovering well and enjoying his new home. Mason has reached out to the community to help him name his new house guest, who is going by “Cue Roo” for now.
Along with rearing this marsupial, Mason hopes to open a wildlife rescue center in the small town of Cue, where he and his wife moved just six weeks ago.