WATCH: Runaway Kangaroo Darts Around Florida Apartment Complex

By Zuri Anderson

February 9, 2024

Photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Authorities in Florida were baffled after getting a call about an exotic animal on the loose in an apartment complex. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office responded to a call about a runaway kangaroo hopping around a complex in Tampa Thursday morning (February 8).

“A Kangaroo? On The Loose?” deputies wrote in a Facebook post, which revealed they trapped the Australian icon in the complex's pool area near Fowler Avenue and 56th Street.

Officials also shared both aerial and body camera footage of the kangaroo exploring the pool area as deputies curiously observed the marsupial. The video also had audio from the 911 call reporting the unusual encounter.

“Fire or medical?” the dispatcher asked the caller.

“I guess police. There’s, uh, a kangaroo in my apartment complex,” the person replied.

HCSO's Agriculture Unit helped reunite the kangaroo with its owner after verifying proper ownership registrations. No word on how it got loose.

🦘𝗔 𝗞𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗿𝗼𝗼? 𝗢𝗻 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗟𝗼𝗼𝘀𝗲?🦘 You read that right! Earlier this morning, our deputies responded to a call in Tampa for a loose kangaroo where they were able to trap in an apartment complex's pool area (near Fowler Avenue and 56th St.). Thanks to #teamHCSO's Agriculture Unit, the kangaroo was reunited with its owner after proper registrations for ownership were verified.

Posted by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, February 8, 2024

There have been some stunning animal encounters throughout the Sunshine State lately. Last week, a deputy came face to face with Alaskan bear cubs over 3,600 miles away from their natural habitat. Then, there was an incident where deputies had to wrangle a bull charging at both people and vehicles.

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