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Kangaroo mob moved from Florida sanctuary after one escapes

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2018 file photo, a kangaroo crosses the street after escaping from an anima
A kangaroo named Storm crosses a street in Jupiter, Fla., on Tuesday after escaping from an animal sanctuary based in a nearby home. Seven kangaroos have since been removed at least temporarily by Florida wildlife officials.
(Robbie Linton / Associated Press)

Seven kangaroos have been removed temporarily by Florida wildlife officials from a home-based sanctuary where a 5-year-old kangaroo escaped earlier this week.

State wildlife officials said they had found “deficiencies” in the kangaroos’ enclosures at a home in Jupiter, Fla.

The kangaroos were moved Friday to an undisclosed, licensed facility.

The Palm Beach Post reports that the sanctuary was last inspected in 2016 and was up to code.


A spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said owner Eric Westergard was working to fix the fencing and caging issues.

The missing kangaroo named Storm was found Thursday, three days after he hopped away from Westergard’s home.

Officers used drones and a K-9 unit in an effort to track down Storm.

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