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Police hunt Bernhard the fugitive kangaroo

The Local · 20 Jun 2012, 08:58

Published: 20 Jun 2012 08:58 GMT+02:00

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Police were called to the tiny village of Hülshagen in Lower Saxony around 6am on Tuesday after a witness reported a kangaroo loose in the neighbourhood, Bild newspaper reported.

Four officers raced to the scene, and found Bernhard sitting on a freshly-mown lawn.

Though the police had the presence of mind to take a picture of the one-metre tall marsupial, Bernhard sprang into action on being discovered and escaped into nearby fields.

Although they could not find him again, detectives deduced that Bernhard had not hopped to Hülshagen all the way from Australia.

Bouncing Bernhard belongs to a private owner in the nearby village of Lüdersfeld, who had kept him in an enclosure surrounded by two-metre high fences.

Police do not think that Bernhard is a danger to the public, but they do not expect him to return home voluntarily. The hunt continues.

If you see Bernhard, local police ask you to call their missing marsupial hopline: 05721/40040

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09:30 June 20, 2012 by Simon_Kellett
4 officers attended a reporting of a stray kangaroo? This must be a seriously low crime neighbourhood !!
10:11 June 20, 2012 by auniquecorn
only incase the first officer is a bad shot and misses,
11:12 June 20, 2012 by green idea factory
It definitely should NOT be allowed to keep a solitary, large wild animal that needs huge amounts of space. If Bernhard gets hit by a car the owner should be put in jail behind two meter fences.
12:25 June 20, 2012 by Bigfoot76
"detectives deduced that Bernhard had not hopped to Hülshagen all the way from Australia."

I will just leave it at that....
14:33 June 20, 2012 by lucksi
Amazing that the police came at all.

Hello police? Yes, I'd like to report a kangaroo in my yard. No I didn't take any drugs. No, I haven't been drinking, well, not more than usual. Look, can you just send someone over?
19:55 June 20, 2012 by Englishted
So they took a photo just in case they or we didn't know what a kangaroo looked like?
02:26 June 21, 2012 by DOZ
Thats one big size Rat.
05:52 June 21, 2012 by knowhowe
This kangharoo obviously wasn't caught on the hop.

Anyway, lovely article - will use it in my workshop on teaching English through newspapers.
07:42 June 23, 2012 by glenhope
Roos like to roam. It's Spring so he probably went looking for a female or another male to fight. 2 meter fence should be high enough but roos also try to squeeze under fences. The fence has to be roo proof, so that when they jump on the fence it doesn't break.

They can attack people and if so they are extremely dangerous. They grip the victim with their forelegs and scratch them with their hindlegs, which can rip to the bone. I have about 50 roos on my 130 ha property but fences are low enough for them to jump
17:14 June 24, 2012 by ysangkok
To whom it may concern (I'm looking at you, glenhope),

It ain't spring.

Kind regards,
04:08 June 25, 2012 by MH.
As an Australian, it¦#39;s so sad to see kangaroos kept as ¦#39;pets¦#39;. They are herd animals who need their families around them. It¦#39;s a wonder they don¦#39;t go insane with loneliness and boredom stuck in someone¦#39;s backyard all their lives. It should not be legal to keep exotic animals as 'pets'.
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