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Mystery rogue kangaroo on the loose in Austria


Posted on Wednesday, 5 September, 2018 | Comment icon 14 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 (14)

Tags: Kangaroo, Austria

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by Timothy on 5 September, 2018, 14:10
Scared and alone. It’s a good time of year though, warm, hopefully it’s having a good time; However I do not think that an Australian marsupial would be able to survive a european winter out of captivity.  If they can’t catch it in the warmer months, it will become more docile as winter approaches. It’s happened before, it will happen again. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by Robotic Jew on 5 September, 2018, 15:35
Isn't Austria the only place Kangaroos exist? I'm confused....
Comment icon #7 Posted by Stiff on 5 September, 2018, 16:10
Austria      (Where kangaroo's don't normally live) Australia   (Where kangaroo's live)
Comment icon #8 Posted by TripGun on 5 September, 2018, 16:47
Tools needed for capture are as follows: 1. A trap
Comment icon #9 Posted by Jon the frog on 6 September, 2018, 1:09
Chupacabra !
Comment icon #10 Posted by Varelse on 6 September, 2018, 23:24
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 on 10 September, 2018, 17:09
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 on 10 September, 2018, 17:23
It's pining for the fjords.
Comment icon #13 Posted by openozy on 13 September, 2018, 10:18
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 on 16 September, 2018, 15:37
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 :-(  


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