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Wed April 20, 2011

Kangaroo Court?

Broken Arrow, OK – Okla. officials favor exemption for pet kangaroo

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) City councilors in a Tulsa suburb are in favor of an exotic animal ordinance exemption that would allow a resident to keep her red kangaroo within city limits.

The Broken Arrow City Council discussed the exemption for the partially paralyzed animal named Irwin during its Tuesday meeting. Councilors unanimously voted to put the new language on the next meeting agenda for adoption.

The proposal would allow exotic animal owners to keep their pets if they obtain a newly created permit requiring them to have a $50,000 insurance policy for any injuries inflicted by the animal, certification that the animal has adequate housing for its health and to meet all federal and state guidelines for licensing, among other provisions.

The council could adopt the exemption at its May 3 meeting.