Is there room in the Para/Crypto/Fortean world for a gun-toting, paranoid, bipolar, opinionated bastard? A lonely romantic in search of his lost soul? A knight, Samurai, gunslinger, born in the wrong century? A self-destructive, doom-driven survivor seeking redemption? A heavy drinking gonzo outlaw cryptozoologist whose ego is exceeded only by his libido?
No, there isn't. That's why I'm here...

21 June 2008

Kangaroo in Pensacola, FL?

Okay, so it's not a monster, but it's still unusual:

June 19, 2008
Are you missing a kangaroo?Sean
A large animal — possibly a kangaroo — has been spotted twice on the Pensacola Junior College main campus on Ninth Avenue.
Campus police said the first sighting occurred a week ago when a large animal — believed to be about 5 feet tall — was seen jumping into bushes, PJC Police Chief Nancy Newland said this morning.On Wednesday morning, a custodian saw what she thought was a kangaroo hopping on campus, said Newland, who has worked in law enforcement for more than 30 years.“We have rumors of two other sighting on campus,” she said. “We called The Zoo (Northwest Florida) and the circus, and no one is missing a kangaroo.”Newland said police have checked to see if anyone is the area has a license to keep exotic animals, but the search has yielded no leads. “We are still searching anytime we get a reported sighting ... even if it’s three in the morning,” she said. “We are just as perplexed as everyone.”

Certainly an out-of-place animal. In his classic work Mysterious America, Loren Coleman documents American sightings of 'roos or 'roo-like creatures dating back to the 1940's. The typical official explanation is the usual story of escaped zoo animals or exotic pets, even though this explanation never seems verifiable. In the Pensacola case, there is another zoo located in Gulf Shores, AL, which is literally a hop, skip, and a jump from Pensacola. The only problem is that they are seperated by a wide bay. So, I doubt the 'roo originated across the state line, unless it was roonapped and transported.

So, just how DO these misplaced kangaroos arrive on our shores? Here are a few possibilities:

The US has a hidden breeding population of kangaroos or kangaroo-like animals.

They're a misidentified big-ass giant jackrabbit. (remember the Beverly Hillbillies episode?)

Or for those who gravitate toward the paranormal:

There exists some kind of vortex in Australia into which kangaroos occasionally wander, and the hapless critter is teleported to the USA. (can't help but wonder why there aren't any Mystery Koalas or Frilled Lizards or Platypi)

Maybe the creatures' appearances here are related to some kind of Aboriginal religious ceremony of celebration? (the Summer Solstice just occurred, did it not?)

Aliens are trying to establish a colony here for reasons known only to them.

Or maybe it's the work of the Trickster or Cosmic Joker (just to, y'know, mess with us)

Whatever the answer is, if the kangaroos know, they ain't talking.

(Hmmm...mysterious talking kangaroos? Now there's a story!)

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