A Queensland family were shocked to find a wallaby they had hit had survived hours trapped in their car.
The agile wallaby – also known as the sandy wallaby found in northern Australia – survived against all odds after it was hit by a car near Laura, three and a half hours north-west of Cairns, late Thursday afternoon.
The family were driving from Bamaga to Cairns when they hit the young marsupial.
They stopped the car to look for it but presumed it had hopped into the bush when they couldn’t find it.
When they arrived in Cairns they went to sleep and woke up in the morning to inspect the car.
It was then that they heard a noise and discovered the wallaby was alive and trapped behind the grill of the car.
They called the RSPCA and Cairns Inspector Ben Newman was able to free the wallaby.
“I couldn’t believe it,” he said.
“This would have to be one of the greatest animal survival stories of all time.
“Incredibly he only had a few scratches and after a visit to the vet was deemed fit to be returned to the wild.”
The lucky wallaby was released on Friday afternoon.