Baby Kangaroo Stolen From Mother's Pouch, And No One Knows Why
Really. What kind of person would steal a baby kangaroo straight out of his mother's pouch?
Sadly, authorities in Greenville, Wisconsin have had to ask themselves that question, since five baby animals, including one baby kangaroo, have gone missing from a Special Memories Zoo facility.
For the baby kangaroo, safe return is a matter of survival. Kangaroo babies move to the mother's pouch very early in life - and can be as small as a grain of rice when they do. The baby develops in the pouch for another 120 to 450 days, feeding from the mother's especially nutritious milk.
So far, investigators have no leads on who could have taken a baby kangaroo and four baby goats from their insulated shed last week, sometime after the animals had been bottle fed for the night.
"I knew that somebody had to have taken them because there's no way that they can get out of the building," said Gretchen Crowe, animal caretaker at Special Memories Zoo, to ABC News, even though the shed wasn't locked.
The Outagamie County Sheriff's Office was informed of the missing animals on Thursday and is doing everything it can to find the animals, but the owner of the zoo, Donna Wheeler, fears the worst - that the vulnerable baby kangaroo could be dead already.
Lieutenant Terry Hammen, who is heading the investigation, told The Dodo that the Sheriff's department is reaching out to everyone he can to get information about where the animals could be.
"We're reaching to outside agencies and using social media to get the message out there. We're hoping people will report anything that's suspicious, anything that has to do with exotic animals, or anyone acting odd or posting photos of these animals," Lieutenant Hammen said, adding that, while animals have been stolen from farms in the area before, in his twenty years in the department he's never had a case like this.
"A baby Kangaroo (a joey) needs to stay with their mother for the first year of life," the Outagamie County Sheriff's Office posted on its Facebook page to underscore the importance of a safe return.
If you have information that could help bring these five baby animals back, contact the Outagamie County Sheriff's Department at 920-832-5000.