Kangaroo on lam dies after capture

A fugitive kangaroo's taste of freedom through Shelby and Hancock counties ended in its death Monday morning shortly after it was returned to its owner in Fountaintown. Full Story
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East Sider

Avon, IN

#1 Jun 5, 2007
Poor Skippy. 'Roos need room to roam. Being locked up in a cage could not have been a particularly good life for the kangaroo. Personally, I would love to have seen him bounding about the countryside. In Australia, kangaroos run free and yes, sometimes there are collisions with automobiles. I think hey should have just let him run around on his own, and leave it up to the owner to reclaim him, if possible.

Since: Apr 07

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Jun 5, 2007
no one was hurt? how about the kangaroo,(dead), the kangaroo owner,(grieving), the two girls who let it get loose in the first place,(guilt) and animal lovers everywhere,(outrage). i think miss elliot could be a bit less callous in her statements.
Well

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Jun 5, 2007
No one was hurt? The kangaroo may be a "thing" as opposed to a "one", but it was obviously hurt. Poor thing. I don't think it is right to allow people to own exotic animals.
Traveler

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Jun 5, 2007
Bart lost in this deal too, that kangaroo was one of his biggest backers.
Richard M Nixon

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Jun 5, 2007
Traveler wrote:
Bart lost in this deal too, that kangaroo was one of his biggest backers.
You dummy Skippy did not live in Indianapolis so he could not vote for Bart.
Kangaroo Jack

Indianapolis, IN

#6 Jun 5, 2007
Will you have a memorial? or cook him for lunch...
bottomfeederfind er

Carmel, IN

#7 Jun 5, 2007
thomas lusk wrote:
no one was hurt? how about the kangaroo,(dead), the kangaroo owner,(grieving), the two girls who let it get loose in the first place,(guilt) and animal lovers everywhere,(outrage). i think miss elliot could be a bit less callous in her statements.
Did widdew Tommy get his feewings hurt? Mommy will get you some ice cweam so you can feel bettew.

Sounds like everybody did the best they could under a highly unusual situation, Tommy. According to the owner, roos tend to murder their own babies unders stress. If that's not enough, without a tranquilizer, they just collapse. Better that a human encounter the animal coming through the windshield at 60 miles per hour or so than a kangaroo die after everything in the world was done to save it.
Dale

San Francisco, CA

#8 Jun 5, 2007
Kangaroo Jack wrote:
Will you have a memorial? or cook him for lunch...
it is all because of daylight saving time!!
Human

Lyons, IL

#9 Jun 5, 2007
Folks...it's just a kangaroo. Go back to your lives and put your energy into caring about and helping other humans.
Tired of this

Louisville, KY

#10 Jun 5, 2007
thomas lusk wrote:
no one was hurt? how about the kangaroo,(dead), the kangaroo owner,(grieving), the two girls who let it get loose in the first place,(guilt) and animal lovers everywhere,(outrage). i think miss elliot could be a bit less callous in her statements.
I can tell you for a FACT the two girls that are being accused of letting the kangaroo out didn't do it. But no one wants to believe them. They are the ones that seen the kangaroo out and went to the owners and told them. They had to knock on two different doors to get the owners to even answer so they could tell them it was out. The owners didn't see the girls open the gate and they haven't talked to the girls since this incident happened and therefore, how and why are they accusing them??? The girls are being wrongly accused for something they didnt' do. I'm sure the next time one of their sheep,goats or peacocks are out, like they are frequently, NO ONE in Fountaintown is going to give a care. Who would want to get involved after seeing what these girls are going through??
USA

Littleton, CO

#11 Jun 5, 2007
Sure....shoot the roos but leave the pits alive. You have to love this state.
Dear lord

Fort Collins, CO

#13 Jun 5, 2007
If you are going to have an exotic animal as a "pet", you are going to have to face the consequences of what may happen when it escapes. Our area officers are not, and should not be trained on how to deal with every animal on the planet just because a few people think they must keep them as pets.
GIRLS NOT GUILTY

Newburgh, IN

#14 Jun 5, 2007
So, since the girls are being accused of letting the kangaroo out, does that mean the owners actually killed the kangaroo themselves?? No one saw the girls let it out and the owners were the only ones around when the kangaroo died. Let's give the owners the same trial the girls are getting!!!
Jag Tag

Carmel, IN

#15 Jun 5, 2007
Clearly something happened with the tranquilizer. Thomas, I'll be blunt. Quit your whining. Sure it's a loss a big loss to the owner but clearly the animal was saved and that's all that matters. If the kangaroo died from unknown causes then so what.
Roam free

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Jun 5, 2007
I can tell you for a FACT the two girls told me they let skippy out...they were playing hidin' go seek and wanted to hide in the pouch from the other neighbor kids...the kangaroo then bound for the door and hopped the hell outta there...
IndyCarFan

Noblesville, IN

#17 Jun 5, 2007
Human wrote:
Folks...it's just a kangaroo. Go back to your lives and put your energy into caring about and helping other humans.
So, why are you here????
IndyCarFan

Noblesville, IN

#18 Jun 5, 2007
Dear lord wrote:
If you are going to have an exotic animal as a "pet", you are going to have to face the consequences of what may happen when it escapes. Our area officers are not, and should not be trained on how to deal with every animal on the planet just because a few people think they must keep them as pets.
I fully agree with you! The owners are ultimately responsible for the well-being and security of their pets.
teen girls

Indianapolis, IN

#19 Jun 5, 2007
the two teen girls that let him loose should be held responsible for the animals death so they realize what their games cost.
Tired of this

Louisville, KY

#20 Jun 5, 2007
teen girls wrote:
the two teen girls that let him loose should be held responsible for the animals death so they realize what their games cost.
Did you see them open the gate?? No, you didn't. Neither did the kangaroo's owner. So, you tell me how they know the girls opened the gate??
GIRLS NOT GUILTY

Newburgh, IN

#21 Jun 5, 2007
The girls DIDN'T let him out!! The owner was asked yesterday why he was accusing them of letting the kangaroo out and he said "well, if they didn't let him out, who did??" Maybe one of the owners forgot to lock the gate when they fed him. Also, when asked how they would have gotten a key that should have been put up so no one but the owners could get to it, the owner answered that the key was either in the lock or on top of the cage above the lock. If the kangaroo had been a tiger or a lion, would it still be okay to leave a key in the lock or right above it??? There are several neighboorhood children and adults in and out of the "Fountaintown Zoo" every week. How irresponsible to leave a key where ANYONE could find it!! You have never heard anything about the girls trespassing have you?? NO, because they were told they were welcome to come back there at any time. The owners are very well aware that people come and go through there every day!! The owners are just afraid to admit they might have left the gate unlocked because it sounds very irresponsible. Blame the girls, it sounds better!

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