A photographer has reignited the debate of ethics surrounding documentary work and animal welfare, after he posted footage online showing a kangaroo and a lamb trapped in mud. He has now explained why he wasn’t able to save the animals.
The predicament occurred at Lake Cawndilla near Menindee, Australia. Answering to calls from the public as to why the wildlife weren’t saved despite the footage being taken, Nick Moir, a photographer for the Sydney Morning Herald and the individual behind the video, explained it was an impossible situation.
I took the shot with a drone about a kilometre and a half away from the lake bed. People forget if the roo got stuck in the soft mud, it wouldn't have been so great for me either. That's not to say I didn't give it a go.
After reporting the issue to NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Moir revisited the location with a friend who agreed it best not to try and drive on the mud since the vehicle would likely get stuck and sink. Explaining that a rescue attempt would have been dangerous, with a volunteer recently being attacked trying to help out a stuck roo, Moir reiterated the entire point of the photo was to “show just how horrible the situation was and to bring attention to it."
His drone footage was released alongside a warning of the effects of extreme heat and continuing drought on wildlife.