If you were a kangaroo in a zoo in Germany, would you say to yourself, “OK, well, I guess I’m never going to see Australia again, but hey, at least I like the smell of bratwurst”? Or would you say, “I bet it’s just a matter of time until the fox over there digs a hole in the bottom of this fence, and then that wild boar, well, he’s bound to get himself through that exterior wall at some point, and then it’s hello, 10:15 non-stop to Sydney!”
Over the past weekend, three kangaroos at the Hochwildschutzpark Hunsrück near Frankfurt chose the second option. With the help of their fellow animal park residents, who had already made (SUPPOSEDLY) coincidental escape hatches in various zoo enclosures, the kangaroos — Skippy, Jack, and Mick — made a hop for it. As of Monday, two of them had been caught, but one has managed to evade capture. Zoo officials stressed that Skippy, or whichever one it is, is friendly and poses no danger to the public. Still, there is no telling what he might do if you try to take his seat in the Qantas First Class Lounge.
- Fox and Boar Aid in Captive Kangaroos' Brazen Escape , Treehugger
Get Grist in your inbox