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A red kangaroo drawn to the last drops of water left in the Darling River system became stuck in the thick mud in the centre of Lake Cawndilla near Menindee. Dozens of roos, sheep, goats and emus became stuck too far into the lake to rescue and were so close to death that they had to be put down. Extreme drought and high temperatures along with poor water management has left the Darling River a barren crack in the land with only a few miles of blue green algae filled water near Menindee that is now filled with the dying carcasses of fish.