At first, the dispatchers with the McCormick County Sheriff’s Office thought they were dealing with crank calls. Several people called to report a kangaroo on the loose. Many in the department could not believe this was true. After all, kangaroos are native to Australia, which is more than 10,000 miles away from South Carolina.
But it was not long before the Sheriff’s Office realized this was no joke. There indeed was a kangaroo hopping throughout the rural county. Passing motorists soon caught the marsupial on camera along Highway 28 near the Georgia state line. Sheriff’s deputies tracked down the kangaroo, with one capturing it on his dash cam. The image was posted on the MCSO’s Facebook page with the caption, “When you get dispatched to an animal in the road and this is what you find.” Your text to link…
It turned out the kangaroo was owned by a local man who had a special license to keep the animal. The kangaroo escaped from its pen, and the owner managed to corral it and return it safely to his home.
This is not the first time there has been a report of kangaroos in the United States. Sightings of what some call “Phantom Kangaroos” date back to the late 19th Century. In 1974, police in Chicago reportedly cornered a kangaroo in the city’s Northwest Side, only to have it hop over a fence and escape. More sightings continued throughout the year in Illinois and Indiana. There is also a YouTube video taken by a hunter in 2013 that apparently shows a kangaroo hopping across a field in Oklahoma. More kangaroo sightings have also been reported in Europe and Japan.