An Oklahoma woman suffering from depression has found solace in the company of an unusual companion, but local city officials worry that the therapy pet – a partially paralyzed kangaroo – could become a public safety risk.
Christie Carr is seeking an exemption to keep Irwin, a 25-pound great red kangaroo that she cares for much like a child.
Irwin rides in a car seat, is dressed in a shirt and pants each day and is rarely away from his doting caretaker.
At the advice of her therapist, Carr began volunteering at a local animal sanctuary, where she met Irwin, then just a baby. Less than a week later, the kangaroo named for famed Australian animal expert Steve Irwin ran into a fence, fracturing his neck and causing severe brain damage.
Carr volunteered to take the animal home and, while nursing him back to health, developed a bond.
Carr is totally dependent on Irwin,
"Irwin will not live if I have to give him up. I can't imagine a day living without him."
We hope they get to stay together too!
[Image via WENN.]
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