Texas police were called to solve an unlikely mystery: to track down a missing kangaroo and restore it to its owner.
The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office received several calls about a kangaroo on the loose in the 1200 block of Apache Drive in Mercedes, Texas, according to a Facebook post by the department.
When they got to the scene, they were able to locate and capture the kangaroo who was two miles away from the ranch it belonged to.
Deputies then returned the animal to its owner safe and sound. No injuries or property damages were reported, police say.
The next step will be figuring out how the marsupial escaped and what can be done to prevent a repeat occurrence.
The sheriff’s office uploaded a photo at the end of the ordeal showing the HCSO deputy who caught the roo posing with the animal’s owners, who can be seen holding the kangaroo tight.
Facebook users praised the deputy, with some expressing incredulity towards the whole scenario.
“I thought it was just a meme. Thanks for confirming and returning the kangaroo,” one commenter posted.
According to one site, 98.7.com, kangaroos are legal to own in the state of Texas as they are not considered a dangerous wild animal. However, the site cautions that kangaroos are high maintenance and require a lot of space to run around, as well as high fences.
“Don’t even think about getting a kangaroo if you don’t have wide-open spaces and iron-clad fencing. These guys can jump over four feet high and leap 15 feet in distance,” the article advises.
Kangaroos do have a tendency to escape. Just over the last year, there have been several separate reports from law enforcement agencies in New York, Texas and Alabama having to retrieve runaway kangaroos, in addition to an incident in Florida in 2020.