Police in South Florida were shocked when a runaway kangaroo was spotted hopping through a residential area before capturing it and placing it in a police car.
Fort Lauderdale police authorities were downright unbelievable on Thursday morning when 911 calls reported a kangaroo roaming free.
“I’ve been a police officer for 26 years. I’ve had snake calls and python calls, maybe an alligator, but I’ve never heard of a kangaroo here, “said agent Robert Norvis, who was part of the catch, Room 10.
On Thursday morning, a kangaroo was roaming free in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, while the video shows him jumping through a residential area
It took authorities and rangers only 30 minutes to track down and catch the unlikely marsupial near the 1300 block of NE 2nd Avenue at around 9:00 AM.
Video shared on social media showed the kangaroo hopping through the city streets as cars rushed by.
“We tried to corral it and keep it out of traffic,” Norvis explained, adding “he’s very friendly.”
“We could get a rope around his neck and get him in the back of the car.”
Photos shared by the Fort Lauderdale police show a police officer standing with the kangaroo as authorities attempt to rescue the animal.
The authorities of the Fort Lauderdale Polcie ward were initially incredulous when calls came about the runaway marsupial.
Images taken by Vanessa Morales from NBC 6 shows at least five officers on the spot and the kangaroo with a red belt around his neck.
Two officers then lift the kangaroo and place the furry fugitive in the back of a police car.
Once inside, the kangaroo sits in the back seat and starts cleaning itself.
The officers later appeared to take the kangaroo out of the car as soon as they reached a safe location. The kangaroo was ‘imprisoned’ in the shed where police horses are kept.
The kangaroo (pictured with a police officer) is said to be from a local resident, but it is unclear what consequences they will face
The kangaroo was taken to a cell where Fort Lauderdale authorities house police horses (photo)
In Florida, it is illegal to keep exotic animals, such as kangaroos (left), inside local homes
Authorities were initially confused as to where the kangaroo came from, as the animal is not native to Florida.
Local 10 confirmed that the kangaroo is from a local resident, which authorities say has been the case since he appeared domesticated.
It is illegal to keep pet kangaroos and other exotic animals in homes, but it is not clear what consequences the owner may face.
The decision lies with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
Pictured: The runaway kangaroo with a Fort Lauderdale Parks & Recreation ranger on Thursday
Fort Lauderdale police announced on Thursday afternoon that the FWC would record the kangaroo.
A video shared by the authorities shows the kangaroo in a cell with animals to eat and play grass.
A photo from the Fort Lauderdale Parks & Recreation shows the kangaroo with a ranger in the cell.
The Australian Embassy in the United States thanked Fort Lauderdale Police for “looking forward to Skippy!”
The Australian Embassy in the United States thanked Fort Lauderdale police on Twitter
Several social media users had no choice but to joke about the bizarre incident that took place on Thursday morning
Cara Paiuk: ‘Convicted by a kangaroo court for jumping bail, he will now buy himself out with deep pockets’
Some people used this Fort Lauderdale incident as ‘Peak 2020’, referring to the long list of unexpected things that will happen this year
Of course, social media was eager to joke about the kangaroos day out in Florida.
“POTUS MUST PARDON,” wrote reporter Yashar Ali, sharing a photo of the kangaroo behind the cell bars.
Responding to Yashir’s tweet, journalist Cara Paiuk said, “Convicted by a kangaroo court for jumping bail, he will now buy himself out with deep pockets.”
Some people described a kangaroo released and captured in Florida as ‘peak 2020’.
The kangaroo looked fine and no one was injured in the bizarre incident.