A woman has captured a devastating photo showing a starving kangaroo with engorged ticks attached to his eyes, head and back.
Mel Townsend, from Parkes, south of Dubbo in NSW, posted the striking image to Facebook on Friday.
“So not only are we dealing with lack of feed and water but now we are dealing with this too... when will it end,” she wrote.
The image shows the kangaroo hanging his head in exhaustion with a tick completely covering one eye.
The post quickly drew a lot of attention, with one woman claiming the bugs are ornate roo ticks.
“I contacted biosecurity to make sure they weren't paralysis ticks. Poor roo's keep bringing them in my yard when they are looking for food and water. Feel awful for them but nothing we can do,” she said.
The woman also posted her own picture of a tick she found on her property next to a ruler.
It measured about 2.5 centimetres long.
A man said he had seen similar incidents on his cattle, roos and horses: “a few years ago when it was dry”.
“Driving around yesterday I noticed so many starving roos and thought they may have ticks,” a third person said.
Ticks can carry diseases so it’s important to remove them as soon as possible, according to the RSPCA.
“When removing a tick, make sure not to squeeze the ticks body or leave the head in. If you squeeze its body this can push blood back in…” according to the RSPCA website.
“To avoid squeezing the body or leaving the head in, you'll need to twist the tick off.”
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