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Canberra kangaroo thanks rescuers with handshake after falling in lake - 'Thanking ya'

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The three rescuers Down Under were filmed saving a kangaroo from the cold capital waters of Lake Burley Griffin. While the kangaroo seemed initially nervous when the two men closed in, it did eventually allow them to carry it out of the war.

But during the 98-second clip that has circulated on social media, the Australian animal then offered out its paw to thank passers-by for their help.

Julian Boyd posted the footage on Twitter.

In the background, Mr Boyd can be heard saying: "Aw, he's thanking ya."

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Canberra kangaroo thanks rescuers with handshake after falling in lake - 'Thanking ya'

Canberra kangaroo thanks rescuers with handshake after falling in lake - 'Thanking ya' (Image: Twitter/@JulianBAbbott)

When somebody asked if kangaroos are unable to swim, Mr Boyd replied: "They can.

"This one would have been tired and cold I'd say.

"It was minus 2C this morning."

Despite the efforts made by the three Canberrans involved, Mr Boyd claimed the kangaroo soon decided to take another dip in the water.

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Stock image of kangaroo

Stock image of kangaroo (Image: Getty)

Replying to one user about whether the wallaby was able to "hop away to safety", he said: "Yes."

But Boyd added: "Only to apparently go in again to be brought out by local rangers."

The video has been viewed over 400,000 times.

And users on social media seemed to have appreciated the efforts made by locals to help the kangaroo.

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Stock image of a kangaroo sign

Stock image of a kangaroo sign (Image: Getty)

The lake is near the parliament building (pictured)

The lake is near the parliament building (pictured) (Image: Getty)

@Jimmyspolitics shared the footage with the caption: "Ok so I'm now officially in a much better mood after watching this.

"Like 10 damn times."

"This is the bee's knees," he added.

@RexChapman said: "This is amaaaaaazing. Humanity!"

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