UPDATE: Storm, the lost Jupiter Farms kangaroo, has been found, WPTV reported. Valerie Gentile and Graham Healy, two residents in the Palm Beach County community, saw the kangaroo Wednesday night, Sept. 26, standing near a mailbox on a patch of grass. They were able to keep the marsupial in sight and contacted the owner, Eric Westergard.
“As soon as he heard Eric, he froze in place and then all of a sudden Eric just grabbed him and that was it and carried him like a little baby,” Gentile told WPTV.
Westerfard contacted The Palm Beach Post just after 1:30 a.m. Thursday to say that Storm, described as “a comedian,” was safe and reunited with his six fellow kangaroo mates at the Florida sanctuary.
There is a kangaroo on the loose in Florida.
Nope, the marsupial didn’t make its break from Australia, where this news might not seem so, well, unusual. It broke free from a sanctuary in northern Palm Beach County.
According to WPTV, the kangaroo might have gotten spooked by a predator or a storm. The 4-foot-tall buck’s name is Storm.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee is on the case, helping the sanctuary’s owner in Jupiter Farms find the lost animal.
The sanctuary’s owner, Eric Westergard told the Palm Beach Post, which first reported the story, that Storm was missing when he went to check on the other six kangaroos at the sanctuary on Tuesday morning.
The runaway kangaroo, a nocturnal animal, was spotted by a few surprised people in town, and is now the unlikely star of a video that’s making the media rounds.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission asks that if you spot Storm to call its Wildlife Alert Line at 888-404-3922. The Florida Highway Patrol even sent out a drone in hopes of spotting the on-the-loose ‘roo.