Florida Police Still 'Hopping' To Find Owners Of Escaped Kangaroo

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

LACOOCHEE, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities are still searching for the owners of a kangaroo that was on the run for ten hours in Pasco County.

The sheriff's office said Monday the owners have not yet come forward.

Authorities also released three 911 recordings to the sheriff's office regarding the kangaroo on the run. One caller spotted the animal "hopping around" and "going up and down the road." That same caller told the dispatcher she was videotaping the animal "because it's cool."

The 200-pound male kangaroo was spotted Saturday in the area of Lacoochee and led deputies on a lengthy chase that ended nearly ten hours later.

Wildlife officials say a person can own a kangaroo if they have the specific permits to do so.


Associated Press Release

LACOOCHEE, Fla. (AP) -- A kangaroo that was on the run in Pasco County is being held in a pen after wildlife officers used a tranquilizer to stop him.

The sheriff's office, along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, captured the kangaroo Sunday morning. The male kangaroo had been on the run since Saturday night and was spotted along the area of Lacoochee.

The 200-pound kangaroo led deputies on a lengthy chase that ended nearly ten hours later.

Authorities have not found the owners of the animal, but sheriff's office spokeswoman Melanie Snow says a family living in the area has other kangaroos. They have not yet claimed the kangaroo as their own. Wildlife officials say a person can own a kangaroo if they have the specific permits to do so.


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