Forest Friends Help Kangaroos Hightail It Out of German Zoo
Kangaroos are desperate to flee Europe, and their freedom-loving woodland well-wishers are determined to aid and abet in any way they can. In the latest incident, on Saturday, three incarcerated marsupials, Skippy, Jack, and Mick (last names unknown), bolted from the confines of the Hochwildschutzpark Hunsrueck, an animal park near Frankfurt, Germany, with the help of animal accomplices. According to the Associated Press, the jailed joeys, using a tunnel dug by a local fox, made a breakout reminiscent of Steve McQueen in The Great Escape. Continuing their quest for liberty, the 'roos-on-the-run headed for a hole under a secondary fence--this one dug by a boar--where one of the kangaroos was forced to abandon his bid for independence. Of the remaining two absconders, one was soon captured and the other, a "super friendly, super nice" male, according to a zookeeper, remains at large.
Roo Watchers will recall two similar incidents in France several years ago. In one case, in 2009, a four-foot-tall kangaroo named Will fled from his owner in the town of Gente and was ultimately captured after being shot with a tranquilizer dart. Earlier that year, 15 kangaroos managed to escape a zoo in Carcassonne, though most were later caught and returned. One thing seems clear: These macropods just want to get home to Oz, any way they can.
Smart Traveler Mark Orwoll is the International Editor of Travel + Leisure. He covers the kangaroo desk at T+L. Follow him on Twitter.