Police in Moriyama, just east of Kyoto, on Tuesday said they had received telephone reports claiming there was a kangaroo hopping down the road. A police investigation revealed that the animal had escaped from the city's Horii Zoo.
The kangaroo, spotted at around 9 p.m., was a male standing a meter tall and weighing around 40 kilograms. According to the police report, the animal had been transferred from Tochigi Prefecture the same day. Zoo workers tried to introduce the kangaroo to its new enclosure at around 8 p.m. when it reportedly escaped.
Horii Zoo operates a "mobile zoo" program for which it breeds camels and other smaller animals and then transports them to nursery schools and theme parks. Station employees and civil servants in the rural town beside Lake Biwa joined zoo officials in the search for the marsupial. It was found five hours later in a rice field some 500 meters away.© News reports