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Melbourne Airport Locked Down After Kangaroo Surprises Passengers in Terminal

Friday, December 13, 2013

Wildlife rescue volunteers were called in to tranquilise and capture the distressed eastern grey male, which had been hit by a car on his way to the building that services both international and domestic flights.

“Cyrus, as he has been aptly named after one of the helpers on the scene, will be assessed by a vet following his ordeal,” Wildlife Victoria said.

Comedian Julia Morris broke the news on Twitter, where photographs began circulating of the marsupial in the skincare aisle of the terminal’s pharmacy.

Police locked down the chemist while rescuers were called, and Wildlife Victoria said its emergency response team sped to the terminal where “the kangaroo was tranquilised and captured safely”.

The terminal is located close to bushland known to be frequented by kangaroos and although the tarmac is guarded to ensure the animals do not hop into the path of an aircraft, staff said kangaroos occasionally made their way into the site’s buildings.

In January one of the creatures led police on a chase through the Melbourn Airport’s multi-storey car park before it could be sedated and caught, following a similar incident in October 2012.