Woman Fights Council to Keep Pet Kanga named Irwin

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Woman Fights Council to Keep Pet Kanga named Irwin

Post by Katy on Sat Oct 01, 2011 4:30 pm


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42371459/ns/us_news-wonderful_world/

Christie Carr gets a lick from her kangaroo, Irwin, as they leave the Broken Arrow Nursing Home in Broken Arrow, Okla. Carr suffers from depression and has found solace in Irwin, but local city officials worry that the partially paralyzed therapy pet could become a public safety risk.

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — An Oklahoma woman suffering from depression has found solace in the company of an unusual companion, but local city officials worry that the therapy pet — a partially paralyzed kangaroo — could become a public safety risk.
Christie Carr is seeking an exemption from the Broken Arrow City Council to keep Irwin, a 25-pound great red kangaroo that she cares for much like a child. Irwin rides in a car seat, is dressed in a shirt and pants each day and is rarely away from his doting caretaker.
At the advice of her therapist, Carr began volunteering at a local animal sanctuary, where she met Irwin, then just a baby. Less than a week later, the kangaroo named for famed Australian animal expert Steve Irwin ran into a fence, fracturing his neck and causing severe brain damage.
Carr volunteered to take the animal home and, while nursing him back to health, developed a bond. Irwin cannot stand or walk on his own, although he is slowly gaining back mobility and can hop three or four times in a row with assistance, she said.

http://blogs.discovery.com/animal_news/2011/04/woman-fights-city-council-to-keep-pet-kangaroo-named-for-steve-irwin.html



Carr, who dresses the 25-pound red kangaroo named for famed Animal Planet host Steve Irwin in shirt and pants, is fighting the city council to keep her pet. On the advice of her therapist, she started volunteering at a local animal sanctuary where she met the animal, injured after it ran into a fence, fracturing its neck. Carr has been its caretaker ever since, taking it for rides in a car seat.





http://blogs.discovery.com/animal_news/2011/04/woman-fights-city-council-to-keep-pet-kangaroo-named-for-steve-irwin.html

Apparently the council voted unanimously to grant an exception and allow her to keep him.

Not a very dignified outcome for an animal such as this. A saved life? He is certain to be loved anyway.
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