You Don’t Hear That Every Day
So I was rolling home last evening after a really long day of cranky behavior and I was a bit brain dead and just ready to be at my own little home.
I put on the radio to the local news chat station and turned off my brain for the ride.
Somewhere along the way as I was bumpitty bumping along a torn up stretch of road, my brain locked on to a couple words uttered by the news caster.
The words were: loose kangaroo
“Oh,” thought my tired brain, “They are probably talking about something that happened in Australia.”
Nope. They were talking about something that happened in Florida.
Doesn’t the weird stuff always happen in Florida? It seems like any of the weirdest of the weird news I read either went down in Thailand or Florida. The humidity must make things odd.
Reader’s Digest version: A loose kangaroo held up traffic on US 301 and the authorities were called. Police and fire chased the animal around for a while and then a former wrestler named Kevin Wehling showed up. He tracked it to a ditch and then grappled with the beast.
Side note: I understand kangaroos are sort of mean. If they get a back claw into you they can open you up pretty good.
But Wehling prevailed and finally subdued the beast. It was then taken to a local kangaroo ranch for safekeeping. Evidently it was not their ‘roo. Evidently it’s normal to have a kangaroo ranch? Evidently it’s normal for many people to own a ‘roo? Evidently a loose kangaroo is to be expected?
Just another normal day in the Sunshine State.
Image found here.
You may not think this is the truth but back in 80 or 81 we lived in Duluth, Mn when a kangaroo escaped from the local zoo on New Years eve and got run over and killed. The news at the time said that the driver who ran the critter over did not stop. At the time I wondered if I would have stopped if I saw a kangaroo in Duluth, MN on new years eve. No way Jose, no way.