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Australian police officer takes in orphaned baby kangaroo 'Cuejo'

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   March 14, 2016 at 3:32 PM

CUE, Australia, March 14 (UPI) -- An orphaned baby kangaroo turned over to Australian police was given a new home with a constable and named with help from the public.

The Cue Police Station in Western Australia said the orphaned joey was turned over to police March 9 after its mother was struck and killed by a large truck.

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The baby kangaroo was soon adopted by Police Constable Mason, a former paramedic with animal husbandry experience.

The joey was dubbed "Cuejo" after the Cue station asked Twitter followers to help choose a name for the baby animal.

Mason said a local registered carer is helping him with Cuejo and the 3 to-4-month-old kangaroo will be introduced to other roos with the aim of releasing him into the wild once he reaches 12-14 months of age.

"I have read and heard stories of people who have raised a joey and released them back to the wild, sometime later they have return to visit with their new extended family," Mason said in a Facebook post.

"Cuejo and I have established such a strong bond in only a short time, which just makes the day he is released that much more special. I will have raised him as my second child, but unlike a child once he has been released, I am not sure I will see him. Lots of memories to be made and love to be shared, in the end he is a wild animal given a second chance at the hand of a caring human."

Constable Mason from Cue Police Station thanks everyone for their input into the naming of the cute little rescue Joey. Drum roll please ..... CuejoSpecial thank you to Jennifer Evans with coming up with the name - very clever indeed :)

Posted by Western Australia Police on Thursday, March 10, 2016
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