JUPITER FARMS —A 5-year-old kangaroo is the subject of a marsupial-hunt Tuesday in Jupiter Farms.
Owner Eric Westergard said he does not know how Storm the kangaroo escaped from his Jupiter Farms-based animal sanctuary, where there are six other kangaroos, but he said “sometimes they get spooked,” whether it’s a predator in the yard or a thunderstorm.
He noticed Storm was missing Tuesday morning, and was still searching for the kangaroo as of noon.
“FWC captive wildlife investigators are assisting the licensed owner with recapture and an investigation into the escape is ongoing,” said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Carol Lynn Parrish.
David Bronson said he saw the kangaroo while walking his dog around 7:20 a.m.
Twenty minutes later, Farms resident Kim Baker Linton said her son, Robbie, spotted the kangaroo around 159th Court North and 95th Avenue North.
Amy Kight, executive director of Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, said these incidents are “pretty rare.”
“A lot of the time when there’s captive wildlife on the loose, there are no owners around,” she said.
This could be because the owner did not have a permit for the animal, or they didn’t want them anymore.
They have helped capture an emu that went into a natural area, and a kinkajou that was lurking around a garbage can.
FWC spokeswoman Parrish said this is the second Palm Beach County wildlife escape investigated by the commission in the last year. A marmoset in Jupiter had escaped from a different owner.