The orphaned kangaroo won’t stop hugging the woman who saved him

While racing through the suburbs of Perth, Australia, Teesh Foy kept his eyes on the side of the road. Her father, supporter and caregiver of animals, had warned her that someone was in trouble. She hoped she could help.

Suddenly, he saw it. Stumbling alone in an orchard, crying out for his mother, there was a baby kangaroo. Foy and her husband began the long process of coaxing the joey into one of the bags they had brought. The kangaroo was very fast and was afraid of humans. When she disappeared further into the orchard, Foy feared she would never see him again.

“My heart was breaking for him because he was so scared,” Foy told The Dodo.

Foy and her husband continued to do so. Finally, the tired and hungry kangaroo realized that Foy, who is an expert wildlife guardian, was there to help him. He allowed Foy to capture him and relaxed into his loving embrace.

The kangaroo, which Foy named Archie, was still very nervous when he arrived at Foy’s house. In the wild, joeys live in their mothers’ pouches for the first six to nine months of their lives. Archie lacked his mother’s warmth and security. Luckily, Foy was happy to act as Archie’s adoptive mother. She held Archie close to his chest so that he would feel safe and give him all the love he was missing.

“I would pick him up and cuddle him and kiss him,” Foy said. “He loved the closeness.”

Foy soon connected with Shane Williams, who runs Bridgetown Wildlife Rescue. Williams had the knowledge, space and resources to give Archie the care he needed before he was safely released. Foy was sad to leave Archie, but he knew it was for the best.

“Making this decision was difficult and heartbreaking, but I knew it was the right decision,” Foy said. “I’ve only had him for 10 days, but he stole my heart so fast.”

At the sanctuary, Archie was able to form friendships with other rescued kangaroos. These kangaroos will eventually create their own community, or “mob,” and once they’re ready, they’ll be released into the wild together.

“Kangaroos are very social and thrive on a crowd,” Williams told The Dodo. “Archie has a crowd ready now, his brothers.”

Archie enjoys all the activities kangaroos love to do: playing, eating, sleeping and lounging around with his friends, just like he would in the wild. Williams is so proud of Archie’s resilience. He’s been through so much but kept the kindest attitude.

“Archie is very nice,” Williams said. “All he wants is to be loved.”

Though still dealing with the trauma of his young adulthood, Williams knows that, in time, Archie will adjust and lead a full and happy life.

“Archie will recover,” Williams said. «[Il suo] future is bright.”

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