Now here’s a headline that feels a little out of place. I mean, this is the stuff you usually get with the renowned “Florida Man.” So when “Florida Man” finds a snake in his couch or wrangles a gator with a trash can, we don’t blink an eye. But a kangaroo in Tennesee? What’s that all about?
The headline might evoke some head-scratching and novelty. However, this situation is ultimately a tragic one for the animal’s owners. The incident happened approximately 20 miles north of Nashville while they were away from their property. And the kangaroo even had a name– Carter. Let’s break it down.
A Tennessee Couple Says They Were Trying to Lure the Kangaroo Back to Its Enclosure When It Turned Aggressive
According to Sumner County Sheriff Tim Baily, authorities responded to reports of two people at the Fern Valley Road property who “had been in a battle with a male kangaroo.” They arrived at the property owned by Hope and Chris Lea in the city of White House just after 5 pm on Wednesday.
A couple reported that the kangaroo (named Carter) had escaped his enclosure. They allege calling the Leas to report the situation. Over the phone, the Leas reportedly let the couple know where to find food for Carter. They told the couple they could use this feed to coax him back but also said they would be home within the hour to take care of the situation.
The couple entered the Lea’s property. According to them, that’s also when the animal turned aggressive and attacked. The husband got involved and allegedly choked the animal to death. Chris and Hope Lea returned to their property to find the deceased kangaroo among their other animals. They report being devastated.
For the record, you can legally own kangaroos in Tennessee. As long as you have a permit, it’s also permissible in Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Washington, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, New Jersey, and Maine. States like Wisconsin, South Carolina, and West Virginia don’t require a permit but also allow it.
The cost for males sits at around $2,000 and females go for closer to $3,000.
A Potential Lawsuit In the Works
Chris and Hope Lea are potentially seeking litigation for the incident. Even though Carter had escaped from the kangaroo-specific enclosure, the Leas say their entire property is fenced in. The unnamed couple involved in the incident allegedly walked away without any serious injuries.
The husband may face criminal charges if he is found responsible for killing the kangaroo. At this point in time, however, charges have not been filed.
“We’ve had Carter since he was a little nugget,” Hope reports. “It’s like losing a family member.”