According to reports KNDO in Yakima, drivers along Interstate 182 in Pasco were startled Saturday at the site of a loose pet kangaroo bouncing in and out of oncoming traffic. Authorities say the unruly animal nearly caused two accidents, and incited a coordinated rescue effort rarely seen in the otherwise sleepy neck of Eastern Washington.
The kangaroo in question is owned by a Franklin County man. It's legal to own exotic pets in Franklin County, and after wrangling his kangaroo the owner reportedly returned the animal to his home. While the owner wasn't ticketed or issued a citation by police, the Department of Fish and Wildlife did make a stop at his property to inspect the kangaroo's wellbeing, make sure there was an adequate fence in place to keep this sort of thing from happening again, and verify the owner's exotic animals license.
Still, that wasn't enough to please everyone.
Take, for instance, commenter Pamela, who writes:
I hate seeing our endangered kangaroos sent overseas as pets. It's so wrong. These animals naturally live in a 'mob' of around a hundred or so, of extended family members. They are wild animals and should never have to be restrained within small areas. They need to roam free with their others, in their own natural environment that provides the types of grass and other plants that they need to remain in good health. I wonder who the supplier was, and whether this is legal?