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Who Will Speak For The Wallabies?

Apparently skippy the bush kangaroo is tied up with politics and missed this blatant discrimination again wallabies: Wichita may ban wallabies

…The development is the latest in the adventures of Skippy, a 10-month-old wallaby who bolted last month from owner Joe Freed’s home. His escape prompted news stories and a brief, intense search. He was found 20 hours later a half-block away, where he was trying to get some bread people were tossing to ducks.

Freed said he knows of eight other people who own wallabies and contends the animals should not be a problem for the city.

“It’s not like we’re going to be … overpopulated with them,” he said.

“A lot of things are exotic to Kansas people,” he said. “I can’t have a wallaby — but I can have a teenage son?”

I don’t know, Joe, does your son have all his shots?  He doesn’t have sagging pants and listen to loud music does he?

4 comments

1 Cookie Jill { 09.18.07 at 12:31 am }

Thanks for alerting us to this discrimination.

Here in the United State of California, it’s not the wallabies as pets we’re worried about, it’s more of Michael Jackson’s collection of tigers, elephants, giraffe’s, etc. Seems he hasn’t really been paying the bills to the handlers for their upkeep.

We’re also worried about the closure of the Wildlife Waystation where “pets” as varied as tigers, lions, pumas, etc. are cared for when their owners “tire” of them. Where are these amazing animals going to go?

And, really, what’s wrong with Kansas isn’t the wallabies on the lam.

2 Bryan { 09.18.07 at 12:37 am }

We suffer from problem with people bringing exotic pets into Florida, with the additional problem of what happens when there’s a hurricane.

I have enough trouble convincing people that the feral cats I look after, are in fact wild, and need to be left alone. I can’t imagine what it would cost to feed big cats, knowing what it costs me to feed the little ones.

3 Steve Bates { 09.18.07 at 2:31 pm }

“And, really, what’s wrong with Kansas isn’t the wallabies on the lam.” – cookie jill

I didn’t think I had read about that problem in Thomas Frank’s book… 🙂

4 whig { 09.19.07 at 4:55 am }

Bang there goes another kanga…