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Bringing hop to the people

Cutest problem ever.

Gazette staff May 18th, 2011

Every once in a while, good things happen: An illness is cured, Lady Gaga falls down in her stupid “pay attention to meeeee!” shoes and a partially paralyzed therapy kangaroo gets to stay with his friend.

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Christie Carr, who suffers from depression, initially volunteered to take in an injured kangaroo and help nurse him back to health. Assessing her platonic marsupial relationship, she soon realized Irwin the kangaroo was doing just as much for her and she was for him. But according to MSNBC, some meanies on the Broken Arrow City Council swooped in and tried to push Irwin out of town, saying he could pose a public safety risk.

A safety risk? What, of being too adorable? We know, we know: Adult kangaroos can get pretty massive and strong, but Irwin is different. According to MSNBC, his injury left him partially paralyzed and unable to stand or walk on his own, although he can hop with a little help. (Awwwww!) Carr fought for Irwin, who is certified as a therapy pet under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and went before the council to argue her case. “Irwin is my life,” she told the council at a recent meeting, according to MSNBC. “He’s given me strength.”

And they say the council’s heart grew three sizes that day, because they turned around and voted unanimously to grant Carr an exotic animal exemption that allows her to keep Irwin within Broken Arrow city limits. She’ll have to inform any neighbors of Irwin’s presence, but we see that as a draw, not a detraction. Can’t you just imagine? “Yes, this house comes with a two-car garage, three bedrooms and an awesome kangaroo next door.” Sold!

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