There are lots of reasons why I think people being allowed to own exotic animals is pretty stupid stuff. And just in case I needed another, a kangaroo in Pasco delivered over the weekend.
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.
As KNDO reports:
Pasco police received calls from many startled drivers and went to the scene to create a barrier of police cars stopping the animal from re-entering the highway.
The owner ended up tracking down the kangaroo with a group of people and took back to his home in the donut hole area of Franklin County where it is legal to have exotic pets with a license. It is not legal in the city of Pasco.
While I generally don't support exotic animals as pets, in fairness, I've never been to the "donut hole area of Franklin County." I imagine life is much different there.
However different life may be in donut hole, though, Pasco Police Sgt. Ben Majetich tells KNDO that the kangaroo (which, in a moment of brilliance, the AP refers to as a "meandering marsupial") posed a serious danger to drivers travelling at a high rate of speed along Interstate 182.
Maietich tells KNDO:
"It proposed a real danger on a highway. People driving in excess of seventy miles per hour and all of a sudden have to take an evasive action to avoid an animal on the roadway, potentially causing some serious accidents."
Yep. Not to mention the potential mental trauma involved with accidentally running down a kangaroo in the mini-van while on the family's summer road trip.
KNDO notes that although the owner of the kangaroo - who also owns a ... wait for it ... zebra - didn't receive any sort of ticket or citation stemming from Saturday's loose-kangaroo fiasco, 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.