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Family has an unlikely pet kangaroo

Family Has an Unlikely Pet Kangaroo
A Virginia author and her family have a very unlikely pet ... a kangaroo named Boomeroo. The "Today" show has their story.


'With help from the USDA, Julia and her husband Jason adopted a 3-week-old kangaroo from a farm in Texas, bringing her storybook character to life.'

Julia Heckathorn writes children's books, and her kangaroo character isn't fictional.

WRC-TV says 'Heckathorn is a children's author and takes Boomeroo with her when she goes to visit schools, hoping to teach kids a little more about nature.'

'The down home marsupial lived in the couple's house.'

That is, until she grew too big. Now, Boomeroo lives in a temperature controlled barn in the family's garden and often plays with the couple's cat.

And the jumping kanga also, get this, adores wearing shirts. Daily Mail reports Boomeroo even has her own closet full of 'em.

'She says Boomeroo loves to wear human clothes and even has her own wardrobe full of tops and dresses that have been specifically purchased from baby stores for her.'

The couple's lively animal brood doesn't end there - they also have an anteater and four sugar glider possums.

That sounds like one household we would love to visit! Oh, and where can we sign up to adopt a pet kangaroo?!

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aaltexan April 04 2014 at 11:07 AM

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!

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Star April 04 2014 at 9:03 AM

Oh, I want one.

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rhondaburke1 April 04 2014 at 9:04 AM

Negative comments everywhere you go on stories, even ones about kangaroo's who have a life better than they would have had in the wild. All of you need Prozac!

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crtadm April 04 2014 at 2:39 PM

How fun and too sweet!

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Robert DeBruce April 04 2014 at 9:08 AM

opossums . . .

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seabasskj Robert DeBruce April 04 2014 at 9:11 AM

No, possums. Possums and opossums are completely unrelated.

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barbara seabasskj April 04 2014 at 9:35 AM

I believe the correct reference is 'opossums' but 'we' drop the 'o' and reference 'possums?'

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Westchester1825 Robert DeBruce April 04 2014 at 9:31 AM

Opossum live in North America. Possum live in Australia, New Guinea and introduced to New Zealand...:)

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riocoribri04 April 04 2014 at 9:09 AM

i was visiting in australia some friends and there are several people that keep kangaroos as housepets........they are real adorable.......

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bobkdesign riocoribri04 April 04 2014 at 9:22 AM

They are really wild animals.

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jbraidedbeauty1 bobkdesign April 04 2014 at 9:31 AM

why are those people always messing with wild animals? so many abused kids to love , leave the damn animals alone, they know how to survive, they even over go over to Countries like Africa and try to bring back baby monkeys and lion cubs ..wtf? then when they animal turns on them and mauls the H out of them then they look stupid..leave the animals alone,, what kind of idiots are these people? Then you read about them starving and beating their kid and locking him/her up in a damn animal cage.smh such pathetic ignorant people in the world!

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rymic April 04 2014 at 2:12 PM

I think it is wonderful for them. They seem to make it work. However, I will stay with dogs and cats!

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marypulver April 04 2014 at 9:29 AM

Someone gave me a snapping turtle fresh out of the egg. I kept him in an aquarium. He ate earthworms and tiny bits of cooked meat. When he got bigger he would eat minnows, coming up from below and biting fiercely, sending teeny fish scales glittering through the water. He would recognize me coming to see him, and would brace his feet on the corners of the aquarium and allow me to rub the top of his ugly gray head. One winter I took him outdoors and let him crawl very briefly in the snow, to give him an experience extraordinarily rare for a turtle. When he got too big for the aquarium, I put him in a koi pond, and when he did well there, turned him loose in the wild. I called him Fearless.

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BRO April 04 2014 at 2:06 PM

wonderful wish I could

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spillimacs April 04 2014 at 9:55 AM

i'd love to turn all the critters in my yard into pets , i have a fox , raccoon , ground hog , canadian geese , ducks - i could be the next Dr Doolittle

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Nancy spillimacs April 04 2014 at 10:47 AM

It's "Canada" geese, not "Canadian" geese.

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xraybrain Nancy April 04 2014 at 11:37 AM

how do "you" know what name a goose wants to be called?

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