OSHAWA, Canada: A kangaroo that escaped its handlers during transport to a new home was captured on Monday (Dec 4) east of Toronto after a weekend in the wild, but not before delivering a punch in the face to one of the police officers who brought her run to an end.
The female kangaroo hopped over her handlers late on Thursday during a rest stop at the Oshawa Zoo and Fun Farm in Ontario, the park's supervisor and head keeper, Cameron Preyde, told CBC.
Officers on patrol spotted the kangaroo at around 3 a.m. on Monday on a rural property in northern Oshawa, Staff Sergeant Chris Boileau told CBC Toronto.
They contacted the kangaroo's handlers and grabbed it by the tail, as instructed, he said. The kangaroo punched one of the officers in the face during the capture, Boileau said.
Durham Regional Police released bodycam footage of how officers captured the escaped kangaroo in Oshawa.
According to the police department, the camera recording of the kangaroo was triggered when the animal nudged one of the responding officers.
Police said in a statement the kangaroo, which returned to the zoo and will make a full recovery, was declared an honorary member of the K9 Unit and named after the two officers who rescued her as police service 'Roo' Emy May. — Reuters