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.
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.
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