Missing kangaroo home safe
Community helped hunt for zoo-therapy marsupial
A baby kangaroo that went missing Sunday night in Saint Lazare captured widespread media attention and brought a large portion of the community together as people tried to help bring the marsupial home.
And though Mirka, a 12-month old domesticated kangaroo was found safe and sound not that far from home Monday afternoon, almost 24-hours after she had gone missing, her owner said the experience wasn’t one he plans on repeating.
Luc Lefebvre said the kangaroo had gotten loose Sunday night at around 6:30 p.m. from his farm situated on Ste-Angelique near Fief Rd.
The 2 1/2 foot tall gentle marsupial had escaped from a pen that had been closed but not properly locked, according to Lefebvre.
“I think she was scared by the sound of the truck,” he explained.
Mirka was found Monday at around 5:15 p.m. in a neighbour’s yard.
“My neighbour saw her (on Sunday) and he saw her again in his yard today and he called me,” Lefebvre said, adding he dropped everything and ran over to the neighbouring property.
“I called to her and eventually she came to me.”
The animal trainer said Mirka was fine, though tired.
“We gave her a muffin and a cookie and she was very happy,” he said of the kangaroo that is still bottle fed a few times a day.
On Monday before she was found dozens of people helped search for the animal by walking in the woods while members of a local horse club also rode the trails calling to Mirka.
The animal is one of several that are part of Lefebvre’s non-profit zoo-therapy program, Murmures d’animaux. He has been working with her for the past three months.
Saint Lazare mayor Robert Grimaudo helped in the search Sunday night after his daughter spotted the kangaroo hopping down the road.
“She called me and told me she’d just seen a kangaroo on the road,” Grimaudo said. “I was helping not as the mayor of the town, but as a resident trying to help another resident; this is someone’s pet and he’s worried about it.”
The town also did its part by posting a notice Monday asking residents living near Fief Rd. to be on the lookout for the animal.
Saint Lazare Communication Director Genevieve Hamel said the notice went out to close to 3,000 residents.
Mirka, who was purchased from a zoo in Ontario, is one of several animals Lefebvre trains for his zoo-therapy program. Other animals at his facility include a zebra, horses, deer, camels, as well as a miniature horse and donkey. Lefebvre will offer the zoo-therapy program to certain students within the Lester B. Pearson School Board. He says he and the board recently reached an agreement. He is also considering whether or not to open the zoo a few days a week to the public. “We are a non-profit so it might help to make ends meet,” he noted.
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A kangaroo named Mirka escaped from the Saint Lazare non-profit zoo therapy zoo Sunday night.