The kangaroo initially seemed nervous when the two men closed in, crouching low and then startling when the first man reached out to touch him
Two men who rescued a kangaroo from a freezing river were offered a handshake by the Australian animal as it seemingly offered its thanks.
The rescuers were filmed lifting the kangaroo from the chilly waters of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, in a video that’s been widely circulated on social media.
The kangaroo initially seemed nervous when the two men closed in, crouching low and then startling when the first man reached out to touch him.
However, it eventually allows them to lift it up and is carried out of the water.
Holding the animal between them, the two men walk to the edge of the lake, where they then pass the kangaroo up to a third man waiting on the pavement surrounding the water.
Again, the kangaroo seems startled as it’s pulled up onto solid ground, turning around again to face the water before one of the men stands in front of it and holds its paws, seemingly to ensure it doesn’t jump straight back in.
He briefly lets go of the creature’s paws, but the roo offers a paw back to him, in what appears to be a gesture of thanks.
Twitter user Julian Boyd posted the footage on the social media platform.
In the background of the clip he can be heard saying: “Aw, he’s thanking ya.”
Responding to people commenting, Julian said temperatures in the ACT were below freezing yesterday.
Replying to one user asking if kangaroos are able to swim, Julian said: “I’d say this one was tired and cold. But hard to climb out as well.
“They can swim though.”
Julian added that it was “minus 2C” the morning the video was filmed.
Julian went to note that while the roo appeared grateful for the efforts made by its rescuers, it soon decided to jump back in the water.
Responding to one user about whether the wallaby was able to “hop away to safety”, he said: “Yes.”
“Only to apparently go in again to be brought out by local rangers,” Julian added.
The video has been viewed over 400,000 times.
Social media users appeared to have appreciated the locals’ rescue efforts.
“Does my heart good,” one person commented.