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Kangaroo leads officials on wild chase

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DADE CITY (FOX 13) -

A quick look at an amateur video of a kangaroo hopping along might make you think you were watching something from the Australian outback.

Not even close.

The video was taken in Pasco County in Lacoochie Sunday.

Local law enforcement had been getting calls about the animal since late Saturday night, they responded at about 7 a.m. Sunday when they could see him in the light of day.

"Myself and another deputy arrived here and shortly thereafter and sure enough there was a kangaroo in the middle of the road," said Pasco County Sheriff Deputy Gene Smith. "Until that point I kinda thought it was a prank."

This was certainly no joke.

Once it was spotted that "roo" stayed on the lamb for six hours, during that time deputies did everything they could to "box" him in without injury.

"They were able to tranquilize the kangaroo multiple times and the kangaroo didn't seem to really have a lot of effect from that," said Smith. "We attempted to tazer the kangaroo, that had no effect."

They might still be chasing the big guy if it wasn't for Kevin Wehling.

He and a buddy saw online that there was a kangaroo on the loose in town and were curious.

"We kept seeing it on there so we figured we might as well go look and see what a kangaroo looks like," said Wehling.

He quickly went from spectator to participant as the 200 pound animal hopped towards him

"I decided if it came my way that I was going to dive on it, " said Wehling "I bounced it off of a chain link fence and then we went to the ground and I decided it wasn't going to get up. I was raised up on a farm, when you gotta tackle an animal you gotta go in full force."

Luckily the kangaroo is ok.

A local farm houses several exotic animals including kangaroos but claims the animal does not belong to them.

That's where deputies say the kangaroo went after it was checked out.

Either way, nine year old Abigail Hupp says she's glad there was a happy ending.

"I don't want the kangaroos to get hurt," said Hupp.

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