Baby kangaroo dies after escaping from petting zoo

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A baby kangaroo has died after escaping from a truck while visiting a central Arkansas military base for a family event.

Cockrill’s Country Critters Mobile Petting Zoo and Pony Rides said on social media that volunteers had searched for Hoppy since he escaped his pouch and jumped from the truck’s window Saturday morning at Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, about 13 miles (21 kilometers) from Little Rock.

The petting zoo said the base found the kangaroo Monday morning. No information has been provided about how Hoppy died.

The 19th Force Support Squadron says Hoppy was a nine month old red kangaroo who was there for the base’s Family Fest.

Cockrill’s said the kangaroo was named by a girl who was diagnosed with cancer and has since died.

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