Skip to main content
The Web    CNN.com      Powered by
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SERVICES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SEARCH
Web CNN.com
powered by Yahoo!
WORLD

Lulu the roo hops to bravery award


vstory.kangarooafp.jpg
Kangaroos are a common sight in rural areas of Australia.
YOUR E-MAIL ALERTS
Australia

SYDNEY, Australia (CNN) -- Lulu, a pet kangaroo that helped save the life of an Australian farmer last year, is to be honored with one of the RSPCA's highest awards for animal bravery, the National Animal Valor Award.

The 52-year-old farmer, Len Richards, was knocked unconscious by a falling tree branch on his farm in the Gippsland region of Victoria state, during a storm last September.

Lulu came to his rescue by going to the family home and making a barking noise to attract the attention of Richards' wife Lynn.

Richards went looking for her husband with a nephew and found him lying unconscious in a field.

Lulu has been reared by the Richards family, who rescued her from her mother's pouch after the mother was killed by a car more than four years ago.

In comments to Australian Broadcasting radio Wednesday, Richards says it seems Lulu also 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.

The RSPCA's Victorian office confirmed to CNN Wednesday that the award will be presented to Lulu next month.

Lulu, who has her own website www.luluthekangaroo.com.au, is the first kangaroo to receive the Animal Valor Award, which was set up by the RSPCA in Australia in 1998 to recognise the deeds of animals.

The RSPC says it "acknowledges the performance of a deed by an animal that displays exceptional courage in the face of danger, thereby greatly benefiting a human or humans."

Lulu's actions are akin to those of another resourceful kangaroo, Skippy, who was the hero of a 1960s Australian children's television series of the same name.

Kangaroos are common throughout Australia. Lulu is an eastern grey, one of the five main types.


Story Tools
Subscribe to Time for $1.99 cover
Top Stories
Iran poll to go to run-off
Top Stories
CNN/Money: Security alert issued for 40 million credit cards
 
 
 
 

International Edition
CNN TV CNN International Headline News Transcripts Advertise With Us About Us
SEARCH
   The Web    CNN.com     
Powered by
© 2005 Cable News Network LP, LLLP.
A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines. Contact us.
external link
All external sites will open in a new browser.
CNN.com does not endorse external sites.
 Premium content icon Denotes premium content.
Add RSS headlines.