Pet kangaroo gets loose, causes stir in West Texas

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by Associated Press

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Posted on November 14, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 14 at 7:39 PM

MIDLAND, Texas -- Officers in West Texas who answered calls about a kangaroo hopping along a road helped capture the pet and return the animal to its owner.

Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter says deputies thought dispatchers were crazy when calls came in Tuesday night from people who said they saw a kangaroo. Patrol car video shows some of the chase along a rural highway near Midland.

Deputies helped corner the 4-foot-tall kangaroo as the owner offered a treat to the animal, then grabbed the pet.

Painter said Wednesday that Midland County has an exotic animals ordinance and owners must notify the sheriff’s office. Authorities are checking to see if a pet kangaroo falls under that category.

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