Mood: don't ask
Topic: local news
Child death is a terrible thing.
Here is this story leading the web press today:
SHANNON TONKIN Luke Selwyn, 6, fails to return after going for a walk with his family's two dogs as police find his body in a dam.
We understand Ms Tonkin writes for the Hawkesbury Gazette owned by Fairfax for the last 3 years.
The story reminds us of Phill at Cattai whose dog was drowned in the neighbour's dam. For this reason - the dead boy is reported as going for a walk with 2 dogs about 5 pm.
This might be barking up the wrong tree but here goes: Kangaroos are out feeding in the open about that time around Cattai (eg Cattai NP picnic area off Wiseman's Ferry Rd) which is on the opposite bank of the same stretch of Hawkesbury River. Or perhaps a bit up river at Wilberforce/Ebeneezer.
According to our neighbour Phil last year before we moved places, the kangaroos being harried or harrassed by dogs will lead them close to water and then drag them in and drown them. His own dog was found drowned in that way. Another limped back and survived.
We simply offer this background without drawing any conclusions one way or the other. No doubt the authorities will investigate fully. Our sincere condolences to the family who must be devastated.