Baby kangaroo stolen away from mother's pouch at zoo

Sunday, May 10, 2015

GREENVILLE, Wisc. -- Police in Wisconsin are searching for the thieves who stole five baby animals from a zoo, including a kangaroo taken right from its mother's pouch.

Workers at the Special Memories Zoo in Greenville say the four goats and the baby 'roo, called a 'joey', were taken Wednesday.

Keepers are concerned for the animals' health.

The condition of the kangaroo is a major concern. The joey needs to spend the first year with its mother or it will die.

The head caretaker at the zoo discovered the caper when the goats were not in their pen and the joey was missing when crews arrived to move the animals from their winter enclosure.

According to the Outagamie County Sheriff's Department, which responded to the stolen animals report, the joey was just 5 months old.

"I feel absolutely horrible. We do everything in our power to keep animals alive," zoo owner Donna Wheeler said. "Right now my stomach is just turning to think somebody would do that."

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