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Auntie Witch
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Story here.

I almost put it in language. How credible is this one? I've never seen worse grammar in a news story, and kmbc is usually pretty reliable.

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It's true, although I have a hard time believing how a kangaroo survived the below zero weather we've had here recently. I guess I don't really know much about kangaroos, though.

Here's another source from LaCrosse, WI

http://www.lacrossetribune.com/articles/2005/12/10/news/03roos.txt

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Having lived in Wisconsin, I would say that any animal you can think of can be found in someone's backyard somewhere. I grew up with peacocks, quail, guinea hens and pheasants, and I lived a mile away from someone with a pet cougar.

The laws there aren't very strict, and there's enough space where you can get away with breaking them.

I never knew anyone with a kangaroo, but I did know someone with a wallaby and sugar gliders.

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It's true, it was on our local news. Not that you should believe just that, but they had the (dead) kangaroo right with them, so I erred more on the side of belief. I did find it disturbing that they actually showed the poor kangaroo, though.

Strawberries "respect for the dead" 'n Sugar

eta: My roommate and I were just watching America's funniest home videos, and in a weird coincidence they showed a kangaroo hopping down the road in WI. It looked a lot bigger than the one killed, so I was thinking that maybe there is a breeder or something around here.

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Kangaroos are basically just deer that like to jump around a lot. They are found across Australia including places where it snows regularly. They are not particularly hard to care for and unless cornered are fairly non-aggressive. Given basic food and shelter I can't see any real issue with them being kept as pets.

Drop - not a Kangaroo expert though - bear

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Well, apparently you can't export live 'roos except in certain circumstances. So if it's an escaped pet, it mightn't be legal.

Good thing it was only a fifty-pounder. Big 'roos damage cars quite easily!

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Last year they caught a red kangaroo after several sightings in a blizzard. The animal control folks took it to the Madison Zoo (Henry Villas Zoo) where they checked its health and all. Nobody ever claimed it, so they introduced him (I think him, maybe her, not sure) to the population they had at the zoo already. Apparently, he was used to human contact and blended well with the 'roo population there. Btw, they named him.... are you ready? "Roo". [Roll Eyes]

So, this doesn't completely shock me, other than the fact that its the second time I've heard of a 'roo around here.

Short article March 2005

While searching for something more about the 'roo at Henry Villas, I found this: Wisconsin State Journal source, with picture

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Now that I've thought more about it, I never saw a live kangaroo in Wisconsin... but I have eaten one there! There is a restaurant south of Madison (on the way to Stoughton I think?) that served kangaroo. I never asked where they got it from, but it could be from a local kangaroo farm.
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I went to a (semi) local zoo last summer and got to pet a kangaroo. They had an "outback" section (they had the zoo split into sections - Indonesia, African Veldt, etc..) and they had kangaroos just kind of running around wild. There was one sitting in the middle of the "road" and I walked up and pet it. It was super cute.

No real relevance to the story, I just wanted to share that I've pet a kangaroo.

[Big Grin]

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One time a koala gave me a hickey.

I wish I made that up.

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I have to say...I'm really curious...

And jealous. You held a koala?!? No fair...

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Lulu, do you really think you can get away with not elaborating on that one? [Big Grin]
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quote:
Originally posted by mage:
Now that I've thought more about it, I never saw a live kangaroo in Wisconsin... but I have eaten one there! There is a restaurant south of Madison (on the way to Stoughton I think?) that served kangaroo. I never asked where they got it from, but it could be from a local kangaroo farm.

Or it was imported. Australia exports a lot of Kangaroo meat, but I don't think we produce any, at least not legally on an industrial scale.
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Lulu
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One time at the wildlife sanctuary??

I was at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary when I was about 17. I don't know if they still allow this, but they used to allow people to hold koalas and have their photo taken. Basically you hold your hands together and flat, palm facing up, and about hip height. The handler puts the koala on your hands (they're quite heavy, btw) and places the koala's arms near your shoulders, so they're sort of hugging you. The koala could reach up to my neck, and could obviously smell the perfume I'd sprayed there that morning. He/she snuffled around at my neck, the guy took the photo, but then there was this red hickey where the koala had snuffled me. In the photo (which I will try and dig up and scan, if I can) you can see the hickey.

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quote:
Originally posted by mage:
Having lived in Wisconsin, I would say that any animal you can think of can be found in someone's backyard somewhere. I grew up with peacocks, quail, guinea hens and pheasants, and I lived a mile away from someone with a pet cougar.

The laws there aren't very strict, and there's enough space where you can get away with breaking them.

I never knew anyone with a kangaroo, but I did know someone with a wallaby and sugar gliders.

Sugar gliders are not that rare... They sell them in pet shops. Actually I've been trying to figure out how to get a sugar glider from a breeder Wisconsin to me [Razz] (they will give her to me 'free' but I have to find a way to her her here!)

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