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Hear this: 911 calls released of kangaroo spotting in Fort Lauderdale

Animal's owner faces three misdemeanor charges

Fugitive kangaroo in Fort Lauderdale has police making an unexpected capture
Fugitive kangaroo in Fort Lauderdale has police making an unexpected capture

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A man driving to work saw something that he barely could believe, then he thought he should call 911 to describe what he saw — “Seriously, I know you probably think I’m crazy.”

Dispatcher: “Broward County Regional Communications, may I help you?”

Caller: “Yes, hi, I was just transferred to you. I’ve got a really weird thing to tell you. There’s a kangaroo jumping around on Andrews and like 13th and 16th area, off of Wilton Manors-Fort Lauderdale area.”

Another caller: “You’re going to think I’m high on something.”

Dispatcher: “Sir, are you sure it’s a kangaroo?”

Other callers phoned in the unsual sighting. Dispatchers calmly ask the callers what size the kangaroo was and what color, and if it was by itself.

(Listen to the calls below)

Fort Lauderdale police apprehended the runaway roo Thursday near 1300 NE 2nd Avenue after a half-hour pursuit that was captured by Sky 10.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission identified the owner of the kangaroo as Anthony Macias, 24, of Fort Lauderdale. He has been charged with three misdemeanors, one for allowing the escape of the kangaroo, one for not having a license to possess the kangaroo, and one for having no records of acquisition of the kangaroo, authorities say.

“The kangaroo has been transferred to a permitted facility until a permanent placement location can be determined by FWC,” Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Carol Lyn Parrish said.

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