Kangaroo nabbed after weekend spree
FOUNTAINTOWN, Ind. ” It’s a sight not often seen in rural central Indiana ” a 6-foot-tall kangaroo bounding around on the loose.
Hancock County Animal Control officers helped capture the Australian marsupial, an escaped pet named Skippy, early Monday not far from its home.
They had been concerned that the ‘roo would put up a fight but he didn’t, said Shelby County Communications Officer William White.
“We know they have attitudes sometimes,” said Shelby County Sheriff’s department spokesman David Fisher.
Skippy got loose Friday when two teenage girls opened his cage.
“I left the gate open and the lights on for him … thinking he would come back,” said animal owner Sue Schutt, whose property is near Fountaintown, about 15 miles east of Indianapolis.
Neighbor Jim Greider saw the kangaroo hopping toward his son’s graduation party Friday night and thought it was a huge rabbit. Family and guests went out to watch the animal hop down the road in front of his house and a few motorists swerved to avoid it.
“I didn’t even know my neighbor had a kangaroo,” said Greider, 53.
Indiana does not require a permit to keep kangaroos, said Dean Shadley, a wildlife conservation officer with the state Department of Natural Resources.
“I can’t imagine there are very many kangaroos in Indiana,” said Shadley. “I’ve worked here for 33 years, and this is the first I’ve heard of one.”
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