A kangaroo shut down a corner of Melbourne Airport on Wednesday after it hopped through the busy terminal and into a drug store, officials told local media.
The distressed animal made its way into the terminal after being injured on an approach road, Melbourne news station 3AW reported.
Australian police had to lock down part of Melbourne airport when a kangaroo bounced into the terminal and surprised passengers shopping in a pharmacy.
It then surprised customers in the pharmacy on level two of the airport, although airport spokeswoman Anna Gillett told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper it was not clear how the animal got to the higher floor.
Police in the southeastern Australian city secured the area around the store before wildlife workers tranquilized and captured the animal, Reuters reported.
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Wildlife Victoria volunteer rescuers Ella Roundtree and Geoffrey Fuller with the captured kangaroo.
Given the name Cyrus, after one of his rescuers, the male eastern grey kangaroo was now in veterinary care, Karen Masson, the chief executive of Wildlife Victoria, told Reuters.
The organization said the animal would be monitored for stress until he returns to normal health.
The terminal is near bushland frequented by groups of kangaroos, with some ending up stranded in the airport's parking lot several times a month, Reuters reported.
"We get calls," Masson said. "There are a lot of 'roos out there."
Reuters contributed to this report.
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First published October 16 2013, 1:52 AM