A kangaroo that had been on the run for several days in Canada was captured by police on Monday, shortly after the animal punched a police officer in the face while trying to catch it.
A pair of kangaroos were being transported in a truck to a zoo in Quebec on Thursday when, during a rest stop at the Oshawa Zoo and Fun Farm in Ontario, a 4-year-old female kangaroo jumped over the heads of her handlers and escaped. Oshawa Zoo and Fun Farm park ranger and head keeper Cameron Preyde told CBC.
The search for the animal, which was born and raised in captivity, began on Friday morning and continued over the weekend. There were several unconfirmed sightings over the weekend, but the kangaroo was not found during this period.
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On Monday, around 3 a.m., Durham Regional Police responded to what they described as a “primitive” patrol on rural property in north Oshawa outside Toronto, where officers spotted the marsupial “taking a little break” after the they watched for about four. hours, police said in a news release.
Officers snuck up behind the animal and grabbed its tail, which advised police to arrest the kangaroo after making contact with its handlers. The kangaroo, however, got into a fight with police officers who tried to grab it and punched one of them in the face.
The rookie officer was not seriously injured in the incident.
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“It’s something he and his platoon mates will remember for the rest of their careers,” said Staff Sgt. Chris Boileau told CBC.
After attacking the officer, the kangaroo gave up and surrendered peacefully to the officers. He went to a police K9 kennel back at the zoo where he will stay for a few days for examination and recovery.
Police said she will travel to her original destination of Quebec in the near future.
“We’ll keep her here for a little while longer, let her rest and make sure she’s safe,” Preyde said.