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Kangaroo on the Loose Near Indiana Airport
Yahoo ^ | 6-28-05 | South Bend Tribune

Posted on 06/29/2005 11:42:22 AM PDT by areeves79

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - At first glance, Walt Temple thought the animal he saw hopping through the city was a deer. "But then, why would it be on its back legs?" he wondered.

It turns out a deer wouldn't be hopping on its hind legs. But a kangaroo would. So he called South Bend Animal Care and Control on Monday to let them know he thought he just saw a kangaroo, not far from the South Bend Regional Airport.

"I didn't believe him," animal control officer Sumyr Springfield said.

Then Springfield, who was first on the scene, saw the top of the kangaroo's head. It was time to call for backup.

Additional officers began scouring the brush and looking into drain pipes looking for the kangaroo. The search continued Tuesday, although officials don't know where the animal would have come from. The Potawatomi Zoo said it was not missing any animals and airport officials said they did not know of any runaway kangaroos.

Kim Lucas, a supervisor with animal control, said the kangaroo is likely not a danger to anyone.

"It would likely run away from people," she said.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: airport; giantmouse; hop; kangaroo; southbend
This story makes me think of one of my favorite cartoons.


1 posted on 06/29/2005 11:42:25 AM PDT by areeves79
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To: areeves79

CRIKEY!


2 posted on 06/29/2005 11:42:59 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Hypocrite. Opportunist. Don't infect me with your poison.)
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To: areeves79

Somebody call Fox news!

;^)


3 posted on 06/29/2005 11:43:25 AM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: areeves79

Just hopping around on runways Americans won't hop on.


4 posted on 06/29/2005 11:43:29 AM PDT by cripplecreek (I zot trolls for fun and profit.)
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To: areeves79

Tie me kangaroo down, sport!


5 posted on 06/29/2005 11:44:02 AM PDT by kevkrom (“It’s good to remember whom people turn to when they’re desperate — and it ain’t Kofi Annan.”)
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To: areeves79

What a riot!


6 posted on 06/29/2005 11:44:24 AM PDT by Peach
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To: areeves79

7 posted on 06/29/2005 11:44:25 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Constitution Day
All together now........'' Tie me kangaroo down mate, tie me kangeroo down..........
8 posted on 06/29/2005 11:44:43 AM PDT by shadeaud (Liberals suffer from acute interior cornial craniorectoitis)
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To: Calpernia

9 posted on 06/29/2005 11:45:19 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

10 posted on 06/29/2005 11:45:54 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: areeves79

Ha Ha! FOOLED YOU! A kangaroo in Indiana. You bunch of chumps.


11 posted on 06/29/2005 11:45:55 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (Dems: "It can't be done" Reps. "Move, we'll find a way or make a way. It has to be done!")
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To: areeves79
I wouldn't have thought a Captain would have been that odd of a sight at an airport!


12 posted on 06/29/2005 11:46:14 AM PDT by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: areeves79

"Dude, I like Indiana."

13 posted on 06/29/2005 11:46:44 AM PDT by SGCOS
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To: areeves79
the kangaroo is likely not a danger to anyone

Suuuure.

14 posted on 06/29/2005 11:47:10 AM PDT by RightWhale (withdraw from the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty)
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To: RightWhale

Who knows what the roo is hiding in it's pouch.


15 posted on 06/29/2005 11:47:51 AM PDT by cripplecreek (I zot trolls for fun and profit.)
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To: areeves79

Noooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


16 posted on 06/29/2005 11:48:44 AM PDT by Fury
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To: areeves79

"Calling Crocodile Dundee! Crocodile Dundee, you're wanted in Indiana to save the day!"


17 posted on 06/29/2005 11:48:59 AM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: areeves79

Just a large rat, eh, Sylvester?


18 posted on 06/29/2005 11:50:22 AM PDT by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: areeves79

thhhufferin' thhhhuccotash!

Sylvester and Really, Really Big Mouse ping!


19 posted on 06/29/2005 11:51:15 AM PDT by Theresawithanh (As long as Dean's the head of the D-N-C, it just looks better for the G-O-P!!)
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To: areeves79

Sufferin' Sucatash!


20 posted on 06/29/2005 11:51:39 AM PDT by Horatio Gates (Peas through superior fertilizer!)
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To: areeves79

Is it a kangaroo or a deer?

Posted: 06/28/2005 04:31 pm
Last Updated: 06/28/2005 04:34 pm

Story filed by NewsCenter16 Reporter Robert Borrelli

South Bend, IN - Ever since NewsCenter 16 first aired a story on Monday about the sighting of a possible kangaroo northwest side of South Bend, we've received calls and e-mails from other people who say they've seen the same thing. But animal experts aren't so sure.

After the story aired, Mary Knebel co-workers started razzing her about what she says saw Sunday.

"I may be blond but I know what a deer looks like. This was a black kangaroo!" she says.

Mary says she saw the animal about 200-feet in front of her car on the St. Joseph Valley Parkway at Snow Road.

"It was a black kangaroo. He just did what kangaroos do. They bounce! So he bounced on the side of the road. He was on my side and he bounced right in front of us. My husband can't believe he did not see it. "

Mary says it looked a lot like the kangaroos at Potawatomi Zoo but folks at the zoo are skeptical.

"Several months ago we received a report that someone had seen a kangaroo and, point of fact, it was a deer," says Julie Napier, doctor of veterinarian medicine for the Potawatomi Zoo. "Deer can jump up and down. Marsupials do not make long jumps. If they are stressed they can make short hops. They can be indistinguishable and they're both brown in color, so I just doubt that it's a kangaroo or a wallaby, but I could be wrong."

Walt Temple knows what he saw Monday and Mary Knabel knows what she saw the day before.

"I thought I was crazy but there is something out there," Mary says.

Dr. Napier is doubtful it's a kangaroo or a wallaby because both are expensive to buy and keep as a pet.

We’ve received several other reports from people on the northwest side of town with similar descriptions.


21 posted on 06/29/2005 11:58:13 AM PDT by michigander (The Constitution only guarantees the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.)
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To: cripplecreek

Just looking for a short hop flight to Chi.


22 posted on 06/29/2005 12:01:58 PM PDT by SAJ
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To: areeves79

Great. Another illegal alien on the loose.


23 posted on 06/29/2005 12:04:31 PM PDT by Types_with_Fist (I'm on FReep so often that when I read an article at another site I scroll down for the comments.)
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To: cripplecreek
Just hopping around on runways Americans won't hop on.

pr'olly just here to do a job a really big mouse won't do.

24 posted on 06/29/2005 12:21:45 PM PDT by LTCJ
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To: areeves79
Late arrival?


25 posted on 06/29/2005 12:24:29 PM PDT by LRS
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To: Bluegrass Conservative
I wouldn't have thought a Captain would have been that odd of a sight at an airport!

Even a dead one?

26 posted on 06/29/2005 12:25:27 PM PDT by Maceman (The Qur'an is Qur'ap.)
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To: areeves79

"He's a killer, he's a killer."


27 posted on 06/29/2005 12:26:40 PM PDT by dfwgator (Congratulations Longhorns.)
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To: areeves79; Byron_the_Aussie

Paging Byron_the_Aussie!


28 posted on 06/29/2005 12:34:47 PM PDT by TEXASPROUD
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To: michigander; Billthedrill; All

More likely it was a moose...


29 posted on 06/29/2005 12:35:07 PM PDT by 88keys
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To: shadeaud

"Tie me kangaroo down mate, tie me kangeroo down.........."

Correct lyric is "Tie me kangaroo down, sport....."


30 posted on 06/29/2005 12:43:42 PM PDT by NRA1995 (Exactly when did enforcing immigration policy become vigilantism?)
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To: areeves79
"Sufferin' succotash - a Giant Mousth!!!"
31 posted on 06/29/2005 12:47:49 PM PDT by headsonpikes ("The U.S. Constitution poses no serious threat to our form of government.")
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To: Theresawithanh; shotokan

I see I wasn't the first to leap to that thought instantly. ;^)


32 posted on 06/29/2005 12:50:00 PM PDT by headsonpikes ("The U.S. Constitution poses no serious threat to our form of government.")
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To: Theresawithanh

lol


33 posted on 06/29/2005 12:57:10 PM PDT by KevinDavis (the space/future belongs to the eagles, the earth/past to the groundhogs)
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To: areeves79

I can say that roos are good eatin


34 posted on 06/29/2005 12:58:20 PM PDT by xp38
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To: michigander
I found this on the net and it may shed some light on this....

Phantom Kangaroos

It's hard to believe that Australian kangaroos could be hopping around all over the United States. But what's even harder to imagine is that these out-of-place marsupials appear to posses supernatural abilities as they rummage through the backyards of bewildered people in California, Illinois, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Ohio, and Indiana, to name a few.

Phantom kangaroos have been spotted in a variety of urban and rural settings and are said to be particularly hostile. They are described to be 3.5 - 5.5 feet tall with glowing eyes and ghostly characteristics. They have been blamed for slaughtering numerous dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and other small animals in areas with high kangaroo activity.

According to W. Haden Blackman's Field Guide to North American Monsters, the first reported phantom kangaroo sighting was on June 12, 1899 in Richmond, Wisconsin.

Interestingly, the phantom kangaroo activity appears to occur in waves. Several witnesses in South Pittsburgh, Tennessee, including a Reverend W. J. Hancock, spotted the creature in January of 1934. The sightings coincided with mysterious killings of a dog and several chickens. The Kangaroo was allegedly seen fleeing the scene carrying sheep.

From 1957 to 1967, phantom kangaroos haunted Coon Rapids, Minnesota and were spotted by numerous startled witnesses who dubbed it "Big Bunny".

Hundreds of people witnessed a phantom kangaroo in Chicago, Illinois, on October 18, 1974. It kept people away with viscous displays and vanished over a fence before police could capture it.

In 1980, a kangaroo was said to haunt San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

Evidence of these phantom kangaroos is severely limited. One of the mysterious marsupials was allegedly hit by a car and killed on August 31, 1981. However, both the corpse and the anonymous driver disappeared before they could be investigated. And a fuzzy photograph taken on April 24, 1978, shows a slumping figure (which resembles a kangaroo) in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

So what are these phantom kangaroos? Are they ghostly apparitions of Australian wildlife? Or are they zoo escapees? The latter is the most likely explanation, but local zoos were contacted during a number of these mass sightings and none reported missing their kangaroos.

Plus the zoo escapee theory does not explain the "intangible" quality these creatures appear to have. Whatever these ghostly apparitions are, they have caught the attention of many Fortean researchers, startled numerous eye-witnesses, and avoided police officials who attempt to capture them.

- The Field Guide to North American Monsters by W. Haden Blackman.

35 posted on 06/29/2005 1:09:13 PM PDT by xp38
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To: Types_with_Fist
Ah crap!

NEVER NEVER NEVER DRINK COFFEE WHILE READING FREE REPUBLIC!!!

36 posted on 06/29/2005 1:10:49 PM PDT by Ladysmith ((NRA) Wisconsin Hunter Shootings: If you want on/off the WI Hunters ping list, please let me know.)
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To: headsonpikes; Theresawithanh
I see I wasn't the first to leap to that thought instantly. ;^)

LOL...Spent waaay too many Saturday morinings watching those cartoons to not think of that one 8>) My favorite:

Where there's cheeses there's bound to be mouses.

37 posted on 06/29/2005 1:22:30 PM PDT by Horatio Gates (Peas through superior fertilizer!)
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To: shotokan

LOL, me, too! My favorite Looney Tunes is hard to pick, but I always liked the one where the cat and the mouse become friends, and the dog takes out the old style adding machine and goes something like "Cat won't eat mouse" (ca-chink-a-chink) "Mouse won't eat cheese" (ca-chink-a-chink) "It just don't add up!!!"


38 posted on 06/29/2005 1:25:56 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (As long as Dean's the head of the D-N-C, it just looks better for the G-O-P!!)
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To: Theresawithanh
LOL...You're talking about these two fellers with Claude the Cat in the Cheese Chasers episode.


39 posted on 06/29/2005 1:36:02 PM PDT by Horatio Gates (Peas through superior fertilizer!)
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To: shotokan

YES!!!


40 posted on 06/29/2005 1:41:01 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (As long as Dean's the head of the D-N-C, it just looks better for the G-O-P!!)
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To: Theresawithanh

Bert, an average mouse eats 12 pounds of cheese in a lifetime. I figure tonight we've lived 2000 years.


41 posted on 06/29/2005 1:42:19 PM PDT by Horatio Gates (Peas through superior fertilizer!)
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To: shotokan

If he can carry a football, Notre Dame will recruit him -- Mever mind his SAT scores.


42 posted on 06/29/2005 1:47:17 PM PDT by JRjr (hMMM?)
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To: JRjr

I'm sure kangaroo scores on the SAT might even be better than some of the UW Huskies football players out here in Washington. Then again I'm a Wazzu Cougs fan. 8>)


43 posted on 06/29/2005 2:06:17 PM PDT by Horatio Gates (Peas through superior fertilizer!)
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To: shadeaud
Ummm... that's "Tie me kangaroo down, _SPORT_", okay mate?

Other lines have "Keep me Cockatoo cool" and "Take me Koala back", with "Tan me hide when I'm dead" next to last and "So we tanned 'is 'ide when 'e died, Clyde, an' that's it 'angin' on the shed"

But I suppose that'd be a no-minder to you, 'ay?

44 posted on 06/29/2005 4:17:22 PM PDT by Utilizer (Some days you're the windshield. Some days you're the bug...)
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