WATCH | Kangaroo gets loose twice in one week

Published: May. 15, 2018 at 8:51 AM EDT
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

McCORMICK COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) – A kangaroo was out of its pen again in McCormick County Thursday morning.

News 12 received a Facebook message Thursday morning with a new video of a kangaroo hopping around McCormick County, on Highway 28.

The McCormick County Sheriff's Office says they responded to the call Thursday morning, and the kangaroo is already safely back home.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

(News 12 at 5:30/News 12 at 6 O’Clock)

McCORMICK COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) – Videos have been popping up after a kangaroo was seen hopping along the road in McCormick County after the animal escaped overnight.

You might be thinking this story is hard to believe, and you wouldn’t be alone. The McCormick County Sheriff’s Office got several strange calls they couldn’t believe at first.

“It’s something you would probably see in Australia you know, but seeing it right here in Clark’s Hill like that is kind of weird,” said Clarks Hill neighbor Willie Harmon.

Sam Marshall owns a convenience store just off Highway 28, and Tuesday morning his store was abuzz with talk of the roo running rampant.

“It gets everybody excited, and then has them wondering what’s going on. Seeing a kangaroo in this part of the country,” said Marshall.

The kangaroo escaped from a local farm, and once word got out everyone wanted to catch a glimpse of the animal.

The Sheriff’s Office says their phones were ringing off the hook starting at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday!

“We got five calls into our dispatch this morning that said there’s a kangaroo off the road,” said Sheriff Clark Sterns.

The sheriff says deputies tracked down the owner, and they left catching the kangaroo to him.

“We, sure enough, verified that he did have a kangaroo, he verified that it was not in his pen and that he was making arrangement to come bring it back to his pen,” said Sheriff Sterns.

But he says if they didn’t find the owner, it could have been a different story.

“We would’ve contacted the Department of Natural Resources and seen what recommendation they would have, whether it be a tranquilizer or netting it or trying to wrangle it in a pen. Whatever their recommendations would be we would try to follow.”

Sheriff Sterns goes on to say this was an unusual day, even for a farming area.

"Livestock on the railroad tracks and in the roadways is kind of common in McCormick, but a kangaroo is a little bit part of a different story."

The incident was definitely uncommon, but not illegal in the Palmetto state.

"They can have exotic animals. They just have to get permitted, licensed, and bonded, and then they can have exotic animals," said Sheriff Sterns.

Marshall says he thought the peacocks he saw along the highway a while back were pretty crazy, but after this, he says nothing can surprise him.

"Just another day in Clarks Hill!"

We're told the kangaroo was eventually corralled by his owner and is now safe and sound.

No drivers were hurt, other than a few cases of whiplash from the double takes.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

10:05 a.m.

McCORMICK COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The McCormick County Sheriff's Office says the kangaroo was loose overnight in the Clarks Hill area.

Reports have the animal staying near wooded areas and away from the road.

The kangaroo was corralled by its owner a bit ago and is back in its pen Tuesday morning.

It is legal to have a kangaroo as a pet in South Carolina, and News 12 is told the owner of the kangaroo has all the proper licensing to keep the animal.

When you get dispatched to an animal in the road and this is what you find

Posted by McCormick County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

McCORMICK COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The McCormick County Emergency Services has reported a kangaroo is on the loose in Clarks Hill.

Officials are warning people to stay away from the animal.

The kangaroo is owned by Melrose Farms in Clarks Hill.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

Please do not try to catch or play with the Kangaroo in Clarks Hill. The Sheriff's office and the owner are aware that...

Posted by McCormick County Emergency Services on Tuesday, May 15, 2018