A man knocked unconscious by a tree branch during the weekend's storms in north-eastern Victoria has been rescued, reportedly, by a Morwell family's pet kangaroo.
The kangaroo kept banging on the door of the family's house in Tanjil South, then led it to the man lying unconscious about 150 metres away.
Authorities have allowed the family to care for the kangaroo since it was little, because it is blind in one eye and thinks it is a dog.
Rural Ambulance Victoria paramedic Eddie Wright says the man was taken to the Austin Hospital with serious head injuries.
He says he could have died if he had not been found until later.
"The kangaroo alerted them to where he was and has gone and sat down next to him and that's how they found him," he said.
"Especially when you consider it's not a pet as such, it's just an animal that's adopted them over the years and comes and goes as it is free to, they were lucky yesterday it was in the area."
Monday, 22 September 2003
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