An exhausted young female kangaroo had to be winched to safety after it swam 300 metres from the bank of a Victorian reservoir on Tuesday.

The distressed marsupial became stranded after failing in its attempt to scale the concrete barriers at Sugarloaf Reservoir at Christmas Hills, north-east of Melbourne.

Rescuers from the Winneke Treatment Plant arrived on the scene with their dinghy and pulled the distressed swimmer to safety using a strategically looped rope.

An exhausted young female kangaroo (pictured) was winched to safety after it swam 300 metres from the bank at Sugarloaf Reservoir on Tuesday

An exhausted young female kangaroo (pictured) was winched to safety after it swam 300 metres from the bank at Sugarloaf Reservoir on Tuesday

An exhausted young female kangaroo (pictured) was winched to safety after it swam 300 metres from the bank at Sugarloaf Reservoir on Tuesday

The animal had exhausted her options with the barriers and set off in search of another way out of the water, according to volunteer group Warriors for Wildlife.

'She was frantically trying to get up and couldn't, and she was wearing her toenails down,' co-director Karla Penn told 3AW's Tom Elliott on Wednesday.

Ms Penn said it was uncommon for kangaroos to be swimming this time of year, and particularly inside the reservoir.

The distressed marsupial became stranded after failing in its attempt to scale the concrete barriers at Sugarloaf Reservoir at Christmas Hills, north-east of Melbourne

The distressed marsupial became stranded after failing in its attempt to scale the concrete barriers at Sugarloaf Reservoir at Christmas Hills, north-east of Melbourne

The distressed marsupial became stranded after failing in its attempt to scale the concrete barriers at Sugarloaf Reservoir at Christmas Hills, north-east of Melbourne

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