Wildlife rescue stories are always warm and fuzzy, but Apollo the Agile Wallaby is literally boyfriend material. Meet the 30kg Alpha male who was rescued after a dog attack by the Agile Project and is now the ultimate ladies man.
When thinking of the word “wallaby”, Apollo isn’t exactly what comes to mind. A marsupial much like his namesake, this gigantic Alpha male wallaby is around 30kg and looks like he could bench press some serious kilos.
Despite his ginormous size, unfortunately Apollo was a victim of a dog attack in Trinity Beach. A call was made to the Agile Project and rescuers Steve, Alison, Shai and Holly arrived to help Apollo, who had been contained in the back yard of a house owned by one of the father’s of the volunteers.
Upon seeing this muscly marsupial, who put the emphasis on Agile in Agile Wallaby, the team wondered how on earth they were going to capture him. With those powerful legs at the back of their minds, they came up with a plan to capture and contain this big beast. The team spread out, with Apollo bounding directly towards Steve. Giving Apollo’s namesake a run for its money, Steve grabbed the wallaby by the tail, which is the safest way to handle these animals. After Apollo dragged Steve into and along the drain, the team constrained Apollo and covered his eyes, before pulling him into a sleeping bag.
On assessment, Apollo’s chances of survival weren’t looking good; he had puncture marks from the dog attack and was very shocked. Shai administered Vitamin E to help reduce his stress and he was moved to a recovery site under the watchful eye of Tanya, who nurtured him with antibiotics, good food and an abundance of love.
In true godlike form, Apollo bounced back (pun intended) within a few weeks and was safely released in a site full of potential wallaby bachelorettes. Although he didn’t have any roses to give out, this handsome man was a sure-fire hit with the ladies and can often be seen lapping up life surrounded by an abundance of doting female wallabies– he is Tropical North Queensland’s buffest wallaby after all!
We are jumping for joeys at the thought of little Apollos around Trinity Beach. Stay safe big boy and may the ladies continue to line up…