Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

Out of Place Animal

Expand Messages
  • Richard Hendricks
    Hi All -- It s an article of faith to Forteans that, whenever sightings of animals seen outside of their normal environments, like large cats or kangaroos, are
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 6, 2000
    • 0 Attachment
      Hi All --

      It's an article of faith to Forteans that, whenever sightings of
      animals seen outside of their normal environments, like large cats or
      kangaroos, are reported, the community and press will immediately say
      that the animal is an escapee from a circus or private animal farm.
      Reports of these sightings are then discounted, and the furor over their
      appearance quickly disappears, leaving puzzled witnesses and laughter in
      the community. The fact that this has happened thousands of times
      certainly lends credence to this faith.

      But, there are times when an actual out of place animal *does
      escape*, and makes an appearance far from its native land.

      It happened here in Wisconsin. Just this week.

      Amy Kunkel, a veterinary assistant clinic employee near Brodhead in
      Green County received Buddy, a 2 foot wallaby, an Australian marsupial
      related to the kangaroo, three and a half years ago as a birthday gift.
      Last Tuesday Buddy made his escape through a gate that was left open
      into his pen. No one knows who left the gate open, but Buddy took
      advantage of the opening, and disappeared into the snowcovered fields.

      Worried that he wouldn't survive long in the cold wintry weather or
      among scavenging coyotes, Kunkel contacted the Green County Sheriff's
      department. A deputy Wednesday nearly grabbed Buddy, but an approaching
      vehicle scared the wallaby away just as he was about to be nabbed.

      Buddy's tracks in the snow showed his hops averaging five feet in
      distance, covering at times nine feet. As the days passed, Kunkel grew
      more worried.

      However, despite Kunkel's fears that Buddy would be found dead,
      while driving in search of him with friends Friday, Kunkel spotted
      Buddy. Kunkel immediately jumped from the car, and Buddy darted toward
      Kunkel.

      "My boyfriend tackled him, and I grabbed his tail, and there he
      was," said Kunkel.

      So Buddy was returned to his pen, given some lettuce, a strawberry,
      and a piece of broccoli, which he quickly devoured. At last report, he
      was resting comfortably in his pen that he shares with two sheep, two
      pigs and a goat, under a heatlamp to keep him warm, seemingly none the
      worse for wear.

      Sometimes the community is right. Out of place animals *really are*
      escapees.

      But other times they're something else.

      Another research project I'll be working on later this year is to
      dig up a lot of the stories of the famous kangaroo sightings from
      Waukesha County back in the 1970s. And these sightings were not of an
      escaped pet.

      Richard Hendricks
      Weird Wisconsin
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.