A woman and her pet kangaroo have found a new home after battling a city council in the US over her right to keep the animal.

Two years after fighting a council in northeastern Oklahoma over her right to keep a ”therapy kangaroo”, Christie Carr found a home for her red kangaroo at an exotic animal park. And Ms Carr has found some relief from her depression.

On a recent weekday morning at The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park, Irwin, fresh from playing in the dirt, sat on a cushy chair in a pen next to Ms Carr.

The new home, Ms Carr said, is good for Irwin and her.

”Just me and him together, it’s almost like he was feeding off my depression,” said Ms Carr, who lives in the zoo’s staff house. ”He likes people, he likes to be around people and here, there is something always going on.”

Irwin had been nursed back to health after he was partially paralysed from running into a fence a few years ago.

Ms Carr and three-year-old Irwin arrived at the zoo after spats with officials in Broken Arrow. Ms Carr’s therapist had certified Irwin as a therapy pet under the Americans with Disabilities Act. But city officials initially feared Irwin could pose a threat to the public’s safety.

Healthy male red kangaroos can grow to 2.1 metres tall, weigh more than 90 kilograms and bound 7.5 metres in a single leap. But veterinarians said Irwin would probably not grow larger than 22.5 kilograms because of the injury and because he has been neutered.

The council eventually voted to create an exotic animal ordinance exemption that allowed Ms Carr to keep Irwin within city limits. The permit required exotic animal owners to have a $US50,000 liability insurance policy for any injuries inflicted by the animal. An anonymous donor paid for Ms Carr’s insurance policy.

But growing frustration with city officials caused Ms Carr to move herself and Irwin first to Claremore, then to her parents’ home in McAlester and, in March, to the zoo.


The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.