2-Year-Old Kangaroo Picked up by Police after Hopping around Fort Lauderdale

Police picked up a 2-year-old Kangaroo wandering around the streets in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Named Jack, the marsupial was taken to a barn.

The Fort Lauderdale Police shared a video of Jack on Twitter. In the caption, the police explained that "Fort Lauderdale code does not allow exotic animals like this within the city limits."

The police also said that the kangaroo is now under the custody of the Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. As reported by People, Jack's owner has been identified as Anthony Macias.

Photo of 2-year-old Kangaroo named Jack. | Photo: Twitter/Fort Lauderdale Police

Photo of 2-year-old Kangaroo named Jack. | Photo: Twitter/Fort Lauderdale Police

The owner had reached out to the police following Jack's escape. Macias said he didn't shut the gate all the way when he took out the trash.

The police set out to capture the marsupial after receiving calls from residents who saw the animal roaming around. The wild animal was first spotted about a block from his owner's home, as reported by Associated Press.

Several police units arrived to capture the wild animal, as reported by TMZ. After capturing Jack, they placed him in a squad car. He was later placed in a barn reserved for the police department's horses.

Photo of 2-year-old Kangaroo named Jack. | Photo: Twitter/Fort Lauderdale Police

Photo of 2-year-old Kangaroo named Jack. | Photo: Twitter/Fort Lauderdale Police

Jack's owner also assured that the kangaroo is harmless and that the latter gets along with Macias' pet Corgi. Macias got Jack four months ago from a man who was moving and did not want the marsupial anymore.

But Macias' will not get Jack back because, according to police, kangaroos are not allowed in Fort Lauderdale. Macias has offered friends in Palm Beach County to become Jack's custodian.

Lambert urged fans to donate to affected local shelters.

In another news story about animals, Miranda Lambert called for donations to assist animals affected by tornadoes in Nashville.

Tornadoes struck Nashville, Tennessee, on March 3, 2020, damaging animal shelter facilities. The country music superstar took to social media to raise funds for these impacted shelters.

Miranda Lambert at the 53rd annual CMA Awards on November 13, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee | Photo: John Shearer/Getty Images

Miranda Lambert at the 53rd annual CMA Awards on November 13, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee | Photo: John Shearer/Getty Images

In less than 24 hours, almost $11,000 in donations poured in. Lambert, who was working closely with the Metro Animal Center (MAC), praised her fans for their support.

Because the tornadoes displaced several dogs, the center had to take in more animals with limited resources. Lambert urged fans to donate to affected local shelters.

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