A KANGAROO joey filmed slurping water from a kindly farmer has again shone the light on the devastating and heartbreaking drought gripping the nation.
Farmer Jake Lacey was working on his family's cattle station north of Broken Hill when he was set upon by the fired-up joey.
However, Lacey, a fourth-generation grazier who has been battling to survive the drought in one of the worst affected regions, immediately recognised the cause of the animal's rage.
"I was fixing a windmill and in the shade of the water tank next to it was this Joey," Lacey, 29, told Storyful.
"It came and grabbed me trying to kick me a few times but didn't have the strength.
"I then got some water for it and it drank straight away."
In the video, the joey greedily slurps the water from a cup held by Lacey.
"The video is actually of its 5th cup of water from me," he said.
"I got the windmill fixed so water went into the trough."
Lacey said he had been looking to the heavens for rain after revealing the property hadn't seen a significant fall in over two years.
However, his prayers had only been answered by days of scorching heat of 48C.
"The drought been going on for so long which hasn't help anyone here in the western division," he said.
"So everyone here is doing it hard."