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Train driver saves joey

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser

Bunbury train driver Rowan Bairstow was on the way to Albany when he rescued a joey on the railway line near Redmond, late last month.

The Aurizon locomotive driver was heading for Albany with his colleague when they spotted the dead kangaroo on the tracks and the little joey nearby.

“We couldn’t stop the train at that stage but made sure we would stop on the way back to see if the little guy was still there,” he said.

“About 45 minutes later, after leaving Albany, we stopped and he was still there trying to hop back into his mother’s pouch, so we picked him up.”

“We were in the right place at the right time, I guess, to have spotted him. I’m just glad we did.”

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Mr Bairstow said he had driven trains for five years and had never come across or rescued a joey before.

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