POLICE are calling on motorists to beware of wildlife after a man riding his scooter collided with a wallaby at Ravenswood.
Sergeant Geoff Annund from Bendigo’s highway patrol said the man had been enjoying an outing with the Bendigo Social Scooter Group.
“It occurred about 10.30am on Sunday at the Calder Highway near Buck Eye Lane in Ravenswood,” Sergeant Annund said.
“There was a group of scooters, about 10 riders, and they were out for a ride. “They were heading south along the Calder Highway when a wallaby crossed in front into the path of the third scooter in the group.
“A 63-year-old man from California Gully who was riding that scooter hit the wallaby, lost control and fell on to the road.”
Sergeant Annund said the man was taken to hospital but he did not believe he had suffered any major injuries.
“But he would have got a fright,” Sergeant Annund said.
“It only clipped the wallaby.”
Sergeant Annund said the scooter rider had not been doing anything wrong, but the incident served as a reminder for road-users to take into account the high volume of wildlife around the region.
“In this case they were travelling at or below the speed limit, they weren’t speeding, which helped reduce the injuries,” Sergeant Annund said.
“But it is a warning to people driving in the Bendigo area of the numbers of animals that are crossing our roads.”