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Mystery rogue kangaroo on the loose in Austria

By T.K. Randall
September 5, 2018 · Comment icon 17 comments

The kangaroo may have escaped from a zoo or private owner. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Quartl
Authorities in northern Austria have been investigating multiple sightings of a rogue kangaroo this week.
The lost marsupial, which is more than 8,000 miles from its home country of Australia, has been sighted bounding around in the forests and fields near to the town of Kirchschlag.

"It sounds unbelievable, but it's true," said one police officer. "We have called all the zoos and kangaroo breeders around us, but no-one is missing a kangaroo."

"We hope the owner will come forward."
In Austria, an animal like a kangaroo requires a special permit to keep, meaning that authorities are treating this one in the same way as they might treat a stray dog.

Actually catching it however has so far proven to be easier said than done.

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Source: BBC News | Comments (17)




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Comment icon #8 Posted by TripGun 6 years ago
Tools needed for capture are as follows: 1. A trap
Comment icon #9 Posted by Jon the frog 6 years ago
Chupacabra !
Comment icon #10 Posted by Varelse 6 years ago
People and their exotic pets will never learn. With enough sightings a good tracker should be able to scent (if it's male) and bait a good spot. There's probably some rich people in Austria who know which one is hiding or missing a kangaroo.  
Comment icon #11 Posted by Kingbadger2 6 years ago
This is a joke straight from dumb and dumber right!?  I hope they catch the poor guy. Shouldn't have to suffer just because he misspelled his home country when he booked his ticket.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Resume 6 years ago
It's pining for the fjords.
Comment icon #13 Posted by openozy 6 years ago
Looks like a larger type wallaby.If more get out they will breed and become a pest there.There are wild wallaby populations in the UK that are doing well.Over here atm the farmers have been given rights to shoot large numbers of roos due to drought.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Avalanche 6 years ago
Austria home of the Alps,  yodeling  funny hats and lederhosen, skiing, and kangaroos... looks like someone had an illigal pet and got tired of it and just let it out or it did escape :-(  
Comment icon #15 Posted by Jon the frog 6 years ago
One Kangaroo in Austria and they have a clear video of it, but why we don't have more than blurry and shaky video of a bigfoot when we are supposed to have a breeding population in North america... just why?
Comment icon #16 Posted by DanL 5 years ago
Now THAT is a real big foot!! I bet the first people that saw it were treated like nuts.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats 5 years ago
If it’s Australian, it’s be pining for the Fords.


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