A kangaroo that helped save the life of a Gippsland man has been awarded the RSPCA's [Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals] highest honour for bravery, the Purple Cross."Pet" Kangaroo seems a bit of a misnomer.
Len Richards was knocked unconscious by a falling tree branch on his Tanjil South farm last year.
His pet kangaroo, Lulu, came to his rescue by barking to attract his family's attention.
Mr Richards says it also seems Lulu applied some first aid.
"My nephew when he got to my side said she'd actually tipped me on my side and vomit was coming out of my mouth so she'd actually saved me from choking," he said.
He says Lulu has shared a strong bond with his family since they rescued it from its dead mother's pouch by a roadside.
"We proceeded to bottle feed it with a proper formula and that's how Lulu the kangeroo came about," he said.
"She's a free ranging kangeroo, she visits around at different farms and then she comes back to our house at 6:00 o'clock on the dot, taps on the door for a teddy bear biscuit.
"If it's cold outside she'll walk in and go and lie right in front of the open fire."