Residents react to kangaroo escape

MCCORMICK COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - It's a sight you'd expect to see Down Under, not South Carolina. Some people who'd heard about a kangaroo hopping along Highway 28 in Clarks Hill didn't believe it was true.

In his 31-year career, McCormick County Sheriff Clark Stearns has never gotten a call like this. "We got a phone call that there was a kangaroo on the side of the road," Sheriff Stearns recalled.

Deputies were called out to hunt for a marsupial on the move Tuesday morning.

"As soon as I'd marked in service, around 7 o'clock this morning, I heard the call for the kangaroo go out and I wasn't really sure - at first I thought it could have been a prank," said Sheriff Stearns.

So did David Yeldell, a lifelong McCormick County resident.

"I was shocked. I ain't never heard of that. A kangaroo, somewhere in Africa but not around here," Yeldell told FOX 54's Jasmine Anderson. "That's weird, someone had to turn him loose," he said, surprised at the footage.

Turns out, the animal's owner has a permit for exotic animals.

"It sounds like he had someone working with the animal when it escaped," explained Sheriff Clark.

It took several hours, but the kangaroo was wrangled by its owner and is back home. The sheriff said if you ever see any exotic animal in the county, do not approach it. Instead, dial 9-1-1.

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