PIMA COUNTY, Ariz. (KSAZ)
A Pima County man has noticed his wallaroos went missing in the past six days.
He bought them from a kangaroo broker from Washington State a year ago.
He says he didn't even know they were missing until he heard about the cell phone video. Of one of his wallaroos hopping around Southern Arizona. He added it's not uncommon for him to go weeks without seeing the animals, because they often hide in the brush on his 20-acre property.
Wallaroos, are part of the kangaroo family, but they're a bit smaller, now they're hopping somewhere in the Arizona desert.
One of his wallaroos, a 2-year-old named Boomer, was spotted hopping around down a street near Tucson. His mother named Bouncy was nowhere to be found on the 20-acre property.
Now the Pima County Sheriff is on the case.
The owner says a lightning strike a week ago caused an electric gate to malfunction, and that's when he says at least one or both of his wallaroos made a run for it. He's since put food and water in front of the gate to help lure the animals back home.
"I think he wanted some adventure and made a dash for it to get outside, but he's probably really scared and ready to come home," said Eric Neilsen.
Nielsen owns the animals legally and says they're not aggressive. If anyone sees the kangaroo-like creature, you're asked to call 9-1-1.