Kangaroo hops into Melbourne airport terminal

Published: 16th October 2013 11:56 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th October 2013 11:56 PM   |  A+A-


Passengers awaiting to board their flights at Melbourne Airport today had a surprise visitor when an injured kangaroo checked in to a pharmacy in the terminal, forcing authorities to lock down part of the aerodrome.

The distressed animal was injured on an arterial road before it made its way into the airport. Police locked down part of the airport while rescue workers wrangled the kangaroo into a bag.

Dubbed Cyrus, the kangaroo was injured by a vehicle near Terminal Drive and Centre Road, Tullamarine, The Age newspaper reported.

The kangaroo then made its way to level two of the airport, although airport spokeswoman Anna Gillett said it was not clear how it got to level two.

The chemist was locked down as Wildlife Victoria volunteers wrangled the roo into a bag and rescued the animal.

Gillett said the kangaroo was sedated by Wildlife Victoria volunteers and taken away. Wildlife Victoria said Cyrus was now on the way to a veterinarian.

Gillett said although airport staff concentrated on ensuring kangaroos did not enter the tarmac, the animals did occasionally enter the airport's other areas.

"From where we are located there are kangaroos within the area," Gillett said.

She said the Australian Federal Police and the Department of Environment were involved in its management programme.

The roo was named after Cyrus, one of the helpers on the scene.

It is not the first time a kangaroo has been found at Melbourne's busy airport. In January, tourists were confronted with an eastern grey kangaroo in the multi-level car park.

Wildlife Victoria's Emergency Response Service had two trained volunteers capture and sedate the eastern grey kangaroo.

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