Kangaroo reunited with its Carroll County owner

The kangaroo was located just outside Delphi. (Provided Photo/WLFI)

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Carroll County deputies were face to face with a kangaroo Monday night after a Delphi resident spotted the animal in her driveway.

Donna Cadwallader called dispatch Monday night after a visitor hopped onto her driveway.

“[The dispatcher] really wasn’t sure that I was telling the truth or not because you usually don’t get a call like – a kangaroo,” Cadwallader said.

She said it was around 11:30 p.m. when her dog Trapper started barking at a fluffy shadow outside her home. She walked outside to her driveway to see why her dog was barking.

“I was in total shock,” said Cadwallader. “’Cause would you think about seeing a kangaroo out here? I mean, that’s rare.”

Cadwallader said that’s when she knew she needed to call for help.

Deputy Sheriff Darron Giancola of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office overheard the dispatcher’s conversation with Cadwallader and was out the door in seconds.

“A what in her yard?” he told WLFI-TV what he said during the call.

“I was ready to go see this thing,” Giancola said filled with excitement to meet the unusual guest.

“I walked right up to him, and held out my hand, and he came up and kind of hugged onto my arm and chewed on my gloves,” Giancola said.

Officers said the kangaroo belonged to a neighbor and was returned home safe.

“It was enjoyable to have a call that made me and other officers laugh and dispatchers laugh,” said Giancola. “Something interesting like that for us to see is not something you have every day.”

It’s both a call and an experience deputies and Cadwallader will never forget.

In the state of Indiana, it is legal for people to own exotic animals such as a kangaroo.