Zoo visitor calls police over sleeping kangaroo

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A visitor to the Rīga Zoo has complained to the police about a kangaroo sleeping on the floor of its enclosure, State Police (VP) representative Krista Andersone told LSM March 4.

The visitor was reportedly concerned that the kangaroo was sleeping in an 'unnatural' position on the floor. At first the person alerted the zoo's employees and was given the explanation that the floor is nice and heated, so the animal feels cozy.

However, the explanation was evidently not satisfactory and the disquieted visitor turned to the police seeking further reassurance on the matter of marsupial slumber.

When the police rushed to investigate the dormant kangaroo, it stood up, as anyone would in the presence of law enforcement.

Unlike the concerned visitor, the police were satisfied with the warm floor explanation by the employees but did not mention whether the kangaroo had been interrogated and given the 'good hop, bad hop' treatment.

Zoo employees said that the kangaroo is happy and healthy, and that there is no reason to think kangaroos at the Rīga zoo are unwell, whether in the horizontal or vertical planes. 

The zoo released a video pleading "Let the kangaroos sleep however they like!", showing the animals' habits of having dinner in bed and their relaxation time with the whole family. Bedtime in the presence of cops might be considered an even less natural position to be in than lounging on the warm floor, to all but the most habitual criminal.


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