Couple save dugong stranded on Queenland beach

Les Irwin keeps a dugong stranded on Queensland beach cool.
BRENDA IRWIN/FACEBOOK

Les Irwin keeps a dugong stranded on Queensland beach cool.

A morning stroll along the beach with their dog has turned into a dugong rescue operation for an Australian couple.

Brenda and Les Irwin were walking their dog at Burrum Heads Beach on Queensland's Fraser Coast when they came across a dugong stranded on the shore.

"The dog had a sniff at it and nearly peed her pants when it moved!"  Brenda Irwin wrote in a Facebook post.

Les Irwin keeps the dugong cool and wet.
BRENDA IRWIN/FACEBOOK

Les Irwin keeps the dugong cool and wet.

The couple and their neighbours helped keep the dugong wet and cool before the incoming tide took it back to the sea.

Beachgoers have been encouraged to ring RSPCA if they come across stranded marine animals, but RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty praised the couples efforts.

"It's wonderful they were able to keep the dugong wet and look after it," he said. 

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