Kangaroo Surprise

This mysterious kangaroo showed up in Wisconsin farm country.

You expect to see a cow in Wisconsin farm country, not a kangaroo. No wonder Sheriff Steve Michek thought the first call reporting the stray Australian animal was a prank. But sure enough, hopping around a woman's snowy yard was a five-foot-tall kangaroo! So how do you catch a kangaroo? Michek lined up gates and cars to create a wide path leading into a horse barn. "We used apple slices to help him along," he says. Soon the marsupial bounded into the shelter, where he stayed until zoo officials arrived.

A HOPPY ENDING

How the animal, now called Roo, got to Wisconsin remains a mystery. "He may have escaped in transit from somewhere," says Jim Hubing of the Henry Vilas Zoo, which adopted the animal. These days Roo is living a life of luxury as the zoo's newest star. Sure beats hopping around in the snow!

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