Kangaroo, Aided By Fox and Boar, Breaks Out of Zoo

Two kangaroos escaped from the Hochwildschutzpark Hunsrück west of Frankfurt in Germany with the help of some animal accomplices, a fox and a wild boar.

Actually, three kangaroos in all got out of their enclosure last Saturday, says Michael Hoffmann, assistant head of the wildlife park, thanks to a hole a fox, who had made its way into the park, dug next to a fence. Two of the kangaroos then made a break from the park entirely via another hole that a wild boar had dug under an exterior fence. One has been caught and is back in the park but one remains at large.


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Photo by Jorg Hempel

Back in June, another kangaroo, Bernard, suddenly appeared in a garden in Lauenhagen in Schaumburg in lower Saxony, in northern Germany. Bernard had gotten out of the cage his owner kept him in and police were able to corner him in someone’s garden (photo). But Bernard fled again and, sadly, was killed by a train.

Earlier this year, a penguin went missing from the Tokyo Sea Life Park for 82 days. Last summer saw animals flee from zoos (a peacock in Manhattan, a cobra in the Bronx) and wildlife parks (a baboon near the Jersey Shore) — to no one’s surprise; who’d want to be cooped up in a zoo? — and evoked comparisons with the zoo animals-on-the-lam in the movie Madagascar. The interspecies assistance the kangaroos in Germany received proves that truth can be, if not stranger than fiction, even better.



Photo by daphonque


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Jessica Crane
Jessica Crane4 years ago

WILD animals. They want to be free.

Stella Nobrega-Garcia

Thanks for sharing.

Ness Watson
Inez w4 years ago

run free little kangaroo see how far you can make it across the world

Judith Corrigan
Judith Corrigan4 years ago

Animals seem to work together better than some humans.

Sammstein M.
samantha M4 years ago


Anita Wisch
Anita Wisch4 years ago

How is it that the fences don't prevent animals from digging into/out of the Zoos?

Anyone that has worked with Exotic animals, knows that the fencing must be at least 18" (depending on the animal), deeper than the ground level of the enclosure. Also, wire mesh can be buried, horizontally, to prevent animals from digging out of the enclosures, also.

Carole D.
Carole D4 years ago

Animals are smart. They know what they want.

pam w.
pam w4 years ago

After 20 years' zoo experience, I can tell you that (A) this 'roo saw an opening and took it and (b) animals who "escape" ALWAYS want to get back inside to their home!

This notion of "wanting freedom" is nothing more than anthropomorphizing.

In the same way that a dog or cat who gets out of the house wants back inside, so, too, do zoo animals.

They have everything they need--food, water, safety, shelter. The idea of "FREEDOM" is a human one...not an animal one.

Dawn F.
Dawn F4 years ago

They want freedom. If this animal took the chance to escape with cooperation of other species, HELLO!! The fear of the unknown, being alone, "walking" (hopping) away from a guaranteed food source and the companionship of his friends... When are we going to see that animals are the same as us. Smarter in my opinion. They learn our language and mannerisms easily. And yet we can not figure out that they need to be free and feel imprisoned like we would in the same situation. Our EVOLUTION has a lot of catching up to do.

Darla G.
Darla G4 years ago

Just more reasons why wildlife don’t deserve to be cooped up in zoos, etc.