Skippy to the rescue
Lulu: Hand-reared by the family
A female kangaroo has saved an Australian farmer's life by alerting his family that he was lying unconscious in a field.
The pet kangaroo, Lulu, made noises outside the family home in the state of Victoria, until the farmer's wife paid attention.
In a scene reminiscent of the 1960s Australian children's television series Skippy about a resourceful kangaroo, the animal then led the woman to her husband.
Leonard Richards, 52, had been checking his property for storm damage, when he was knocked unconscious by a falling branch on Sunday.
Dad could have been there for hours if it wasn't for her
He could have died had he not been found so quickly, an ambulance paramedic told Melbourne radio.
The farmer's wife, Lynn, said she had been alerted by the kangaroo's out-of-character behaviour.
"I heard Lulu, she has this bark, and its a very loud bark that she gives out, not like a dog's sound it's quite a nice sound," she said.
"I just looked down and I [saw] her at the paddock and Brendon our nephew was with us and I said to him, Len's down there," she told Reuters news agency.
Lulu was hand-reared by the family after her mother was killed by a car four years ago.
Mr Richards was taken to a Melbourne hospital with suspected head injuries, but was allowed home on Sunday night.