UPDATE: Possible joey sighting, reward for stolen baby kangaroo

Animal needs special handling, food

UPDATE OCTOBER 26TH, 2021

LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Rick Gregory of Hillview Stables owns many exotic animals on his farm. Things got wild for him when he realized Monday morning his 10-month old baby kangaroo, Scooby-Doo, had been stolen Sunday night. Gregory took to Facebook where word spread quickly and the search for Scooby-Doo began. Gregory is worried about the safety of his animals.

“All I know is to put a bunch of cameras in, you know, I’ve been meaning to for some time and just kept putting it off,” says Gregory. “I mean, that’s all I know to do.”

Gregory received a message from a Facebook friend Tuesday night with a screenshot of another Facebook post. It details a baby kangaroo sighting where two men were trying to bottle feed and diaper the joey. Gregory says it looks just like Scooby-Doo, but he can’t be sure because Scooby-Doo isn’t the only joey in Laurel County.

Gregory says a few months back, he helped a woman in town buy a joey for a petting zoo. He says the petting zoo has since been closed, so he’s not sure who has the other joey now.

Here’s where the story gets dangerous, Gregory says joeys can’t be fed with regular milk or bottles. They require a special formula and nipple that takes time to come in and without these things, it could mean death.

“That’s the sad part, if they don’t, he might will live on some type of feed alone, I don’t really know,” says Gregory. “So he’s got to have either no milk replacement at all or the special just for him.”

Gregory says Scooby-Doo still has two to three more months of bottle feeding before he’ll be ready to be weened off and begs whoever took him to just bring Soooby-Doo back.

“I couldn’t believe it. I mean, who steals a kangaroo?” says Gregory.

Gregory is offering a reward of $500 for Scooby-Doo to be returned safe and sound, no questions asked or $1,000 for his safe return and information that leads to the arrest of the person or people who took him.

ORIGINAL STORY

LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A popular London, Ky., farm and tourist stop is offering a reward after someone walked off with its beloved baby kangaroo during the weekend.

It was the second theft in two weeks to hit home for the staff at Hillview Stables on Westerfield Road in London.

“Ok everyone, we have had a great year so far this year with a couple exceptions. First a couple weekends ago someone walked out with one of our baby pigs which I already had promised to someone which wasn’t a great big deal other than I wonder what else they stole while they were here,” the owners said in a social media post.

“Second sometime after 5 p.m. Sunday, someone had the (gall) to go in the stall with Scooby-Doo, our 10-month old baby kangaroo, and walk out with him. Angi has bottle fed him every six to eight hours for two months and loves him dearly. How can anyone do this, I don’t understand?

“I have worked hard for everything that I have and haven’t stolen anything from anyone in my life. Also I’m sure that whoever has him doesn’t know how to take care of him. He has to have a special nipple for his bottle and he has to have powdered milk that is made just for kangaroos or wallabies which you have to order and it is very expensive. If he is fed any other kind of milk he will more than likely get diarrhea and die,” the owners continued.

The owners are offering $500 or his safe return in good health or I will pay 1000.00 for his safe return and information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons that took him. Thank you

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