This story is about a Lady in America who has a Kangaroo as a pet. Now that most likely sounds a bit strange, even stranger more likely to people that live in Australia, because here in OZ you must have a special permit to have a Kangaroo as a pet. It might surprise some Aussies that you can actually buy a kangaroo as a pet in America, I didn’t know this either, But read on and all will become clear.
Loved pet … Christie Carr with Irwin, the disabled kangaroo / Pic: Christie Carr Source: The Daily Telegraph
She called the kangaroo Irwin, named after Steve Irwin. Irwin is a red kangaroo, and as you see by the photos, she dresses him up in all sorts of gear, Irwin also goes with her where ever she goes, and she never leaves him alone.
Now when this story first hit the newspapers, a few people here in OZ was up in arms, so much so that the Daily Telegraph decided to do a live blog with the Lady in America, so people could ask questions, and get some answers, this is when I learned you could buy a kangaroo as a pet, she mentioned it in the live feed.
It really is a beautiful story, Irwin had a bad accident in a wildlife sanctuary about a year ago, and was completely paralysed. If it wasn’t for this Lady, this kangaroo may never have survived. However it seems the city council in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma is not happy with the situation, and decided that she would not be allowed to keep him. So she is fighting to keep Irwin.
You can read about this wonderful story in The Telegraph .com.au, also if you have the time, click onto the replay of the blog, and you can read the answers to a lot of questions some Aussies were asking, you will find it all very interesting.
See more photos of Irwin the Red Kangaroo in The Daily Telegraph Picture Gallery.
I held back putting this story in my blog, hoping there would be a follow up to know what happened, I’m glad I did, as there was a follow up story.
It seems the council may have had a change of heart (or was it because of the publicity?) they decided she can keep the kangaroo if she takes out a $50,000 insurance policy, and when out on the streets, the kangaroo must be in a cage or in restraints. Also a large fee to be paid every year. A long list of things that really do seem unrealistic, it also seems that because of some stupid comments people here in OZ made (I believe these types of people are in every country) about her dressing up the kangaroo etc. the council seems to have gone overboard. The main reason for putting cloths on the kangaroo was to help keep the brace in place that he has to wear because of his paralysis, which was also mentioned in the life feed.
Read the full story in The Telegrpah.com.au.