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Fox and Boar Aid in Kangaroos’ Brazen Escape

Fox and Boar Aid in Kangaroos’ Brazen Escape

By Stephen Messenger, TreeHugger

Officials from an animal park in Frankfurt, Germany, are still in pursuit of a daring kangaroo which, along with two others, was able to slip through the facility’s dual-perimeters over the weekend thanks to some unlikely interspecies collaboration.

According to Michael Hoffmann, deputy head of the Hochwildschutzpark Hunsrück park, the kangaroos managed to escape their confines by crawling through a hole an unwitting fox had dug at the base of the fenced-in enclosure. With that hurdle passed, the brazen trio caught another lucky break in their hop towards freedom — finding a hole in the park’s exterior wall, left behind by a wild boar, that was big enough for the kangaroos to pass.

Authorities told The Local that two of the kangaroos were found just outside the wildlife park the next morning, but that one of the animals is still on the loose — not that anyone should be worried:

“He’s super friendly, super nice,” says Hoffmann of the missing marsupial. “Absolutely no danger at all.”

Park officials seem oddly understanding of the remarkable wildlife co-conspiracy, though it’s hard to blame them. After all, some roos are just made to be broken free.

 

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8:19PM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

That is a case of animals helping animals....animals sticking together, good for them!

1:31PM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

Cool. Who says animals aren't smart?

1:01PM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

With any luck he saw his picture on the tail of a Quantis plane and HOPPED on.

11:21PM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

"Brazen"? Dictionary definitions: "Marked by flagrant and insolent audacity" -- "impudent" --"shameless and bold"

Well, I agree that they were shameless and bold, and why shouldn't they be? But impudent and insolent? I don't think so. The way this article is worded, you would think the animals were doing something wrong.

"... unlikely interspecies collaboration"? Why is it unlikely? To think so is to take an egocentric view of humans, as though only WE collaborate with other species.

8:00PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Here's hoping that they don't repeat the adventure and the third comes home safe none the worse for wear.

2:50PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Smart animals. Thanks for sharing.

10:52AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

thanks for sharing hope the kangaroo is ok! :)

5:25AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Animals are smart. :-)

3:48AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

3:13AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Hope he survives ok

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