Kangaroo On The Loose In Alabama

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If you think you can’t catch the Alabama Crimson Tide on the football field, just wait until you get a load of the Alabama Kangaroo.

No, really. A kangaroo is on the loose. In Alabama. Because, you know, Alabama is just where kangaroos roam.

Or maybe that’s Australia.

Either way, the story goes like this, per the Birmingham News: A man was hauling the kangaroo from Mississippi to his livestock farm in Tennessee. The man stopped at his home in Winfield, Ala., and that is where the kangaroo made his getaway.

I’ve been saying I feel like I’m in a game of jumanji. And today we are chasing kangaroos. Also just for future reference if you need my help wrangling a kangaroo the moment of truth I will bail. This joker is running dead at me and I jumped out the way. I’m not squaring up against one. I saw my life flash before my eyes. Just another normal Monday here at Roma Furniture. #jumanji

Posted by Tiffany Perry on Monday, March 1, 2021

“I let one of my workers get him out of the trailer and I told him, ‘Don’t let go of him,’ and sure enough he lets go of him,’’ Braxton Basinger of B & H Livestock told the News. “You have to grab their tails to keep them under control and with him being wet the past few days, that was it. He was headed straight down the driveway.”

The kangaroo is 3 1/2-years old and, like most kangaroos, is gentle by nature, Basinger said. But that gentle natural can change quickly.

“He’s been a pet and he’s pretty gentle, but once they get out in the open, they’re a different animal,” he told the News. ““I’m concerned about it, but I hope he’ll be OK. We put out feed for him on the edges of the fences to see if he eats it. I’m not trying to push him out and then him get down on the highway.”

Now, if you just happen to be in Alabama and see a kangaroo, don’t try to feed him, pet him, or ask him whether the Crimson Tide will repeat as national champs. Instead, the Birmingham News has said to call Basinger. You can find his number right here.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.


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