Injured Kangaroo Helps Save Caregiver's Life

Wednesday, February 23rd 2011, 6:25 pm
By: News On 6

Rick Wells, News On 6

BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma – Irwin is an adorable young kangaroo that lives in Broken Arrow. He was paralyzed in an accident, but is regaining movement in his limbs thanks to the daily therapy provided by his caregiver.

Irwin, a one-year-old Great Red Kangaroo, broke his neck in an accident a few months ago.

"He and I kind of bonded right that minute," Christie Carr said.

Christie was volunteering at the facility where he was born, and started caring for him. They sort adopted each other. He wouldn't eat or drink anything. The folks at the Wild Heart Ranch, an animal rehab facility in Rogers County, told her to keep trying.

"He liked pink Gatorade," Christie said.

That was a breakthrough. They adapted a series of braces to stabilize his broken neck and he began to heal. Eventually he moved in.

IRwin likes macaroni, veggies, popcorn, crunchy cereal and an occasional burrito; and like any other kid, he chews on stuff.

Carrie takes him with her shopping. He visits day cares and nursing homes. He seems to love the attention and they love him back. It's great fun for all ages, but there is much more to this story.

"Irwin's done more for me than I could ever do for him," Christie said.

A while back, Christie attempted suicide and she was working in the sanctuary as part of her therapy.

Then Irwin had his near fatal accident it was as if they found each other.

"I need something and he needed somebody," Christie said.

They are getting better together.