Council: Pet kangaroo can stay

May 4, 2011 8:14:28 AM PDT
A northeast Oklahoma woman will be allowed to keep a partially paralyzed kangaroo in her house as a therapy animal. The Broken Arrow City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to create an exotic animal ordinance exemption that will allow Irwin the red kangaroo to stay within the city limits under certain conditions.

The ordinance allows owners to keep their pets as long as they obtain a 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.

Last month, an anonymous donor paid the liability insurance for kangaroo owner Christie Carr, who says Irwin has given her a new lease of life.

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