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Orphaned joey parts with WA police carer

AAP logoAAP 8/08/2016

It was a bittersweet farewell for Cuejoe the orphaned joey and the police constable who has been caring for him for the past five months.

Cue Police Constable Scott Mason said the joey had been placed at a property with six other kangaroos ahead of his release into the wild in six months.

"He'll learn kangaroo etiquette, get to know the females and then they will be released together," he told AAP on Monday.

When it comes to their release day, Const Mason will be on hand to open the gate for Cuejoe.

He said the joey was used to the bush as the two often went for bushwalks and Cuejoe would follow Const Mason wherever he went.

"He's grown up quite a lot, he's almost 10kg now and was 2kg when I first got him," he said.

Cuejoe was pulled from his mother's pouch after she was hit and killed by a truck in March.

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