GRANBURY (CBSDFW.COM) – Hood County Deputies came across a kangaroo in the road after responding to a call about a wild animal.
Calls about cows, horses and other livestock are common in the area, but deputies described this case as “bizarre” to say the least.
“We need Marlin Perkins out here to narrate some of our calls,” laughed Hood County Jail, Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Johnny Rose. (Marlin Perkins was an American zoologist best known as a host of the television program “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” from 1963 to 1985.)
The kangaroo was hopping down a North Hood county road when deputies found it. They weren’t quite sure what to do but managed to put a leash on the kangaroo. It gently hopped right into the animal control truck when coaxed.
The kangaroo’s owner claimed their pet a short time later.
Deputies said the only comparable animal call to this one was when a zebra was on the loose. The zebra was also an exotic pet who had broken free, if only for a day.
Only dangerous exotic animals are regulated in the county, so the kangaroo and zebra that took off were legal.
Lieutenant Rose said he doesn’t know if exotic pets are a new fad, but he hasn’t seen anything like the current situation in more than 20 years in law enforcement.
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