Kangaroo ‘Associates’ Ross, Rachel, Joey, and Chandler Moved from Roadside Zoo to Sanctuary


Christi Gilbreth/The HSUS Rachel, Chandler and Joey, Kangaroos, had been amongst greater than 200 wild and unique animals who had been rescued from a roadside zoo in Canada.

A household of kangaroos named after the characters from Associates resides a lush life after years caught at a “deplorable” roadside zoo.

In response to a launch from the Humane Society of the US (HSUS), kangaroos Rachel, Ross, Joey, and Chandler had been among the many over 200 uncared for animals Humane Society Worldwide and the Montreal SPCA rescued from a Canadian roadside zoo in St-Édouard-de-Maskinongé, Quebec, in Might 2019.

HSUS’s launch described the zoo as a “decrepit, barren and disturbing circumstances at an unaccredited facility.” It added that the previous proprietor of the zoo pleaded responsible to animal welfare violations, together with insufficient and unsanitary amenities and lack of veterinary care, in 2021.

“It was like most roadside zoos — to a customer, it might have appeared okay as many of the cruelty was hidden from paying prospects. However we noticed failing, harmful fences and cages, chewed stalls holding malnourished and lonely animals, lifeless animals slightly below the soil, and animals who have to be in social teams anxious and alone. Down the darkish hall of a dilapidated, dank barn, by way of the pervasive spider webs and air thick with ammonia and mud, we discovered rows of stalls with remoted animals together with a zebra, wildebeest, kangaroos, and so many others,” Kelly Donithan, director of animal catastrophe response for Humane Society Worldwide, mentioned in an announcement in regards to the three-month rescue operation.

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Kangaroos rescued from a Canada roadside zoo

HSI; Christi Glibreth/The HSUS Kangaroos rescued from a Canada roadside zoo

Nearly three years after the rescue, the HSUS is offering a cheerful replace on how a few of the animals are doing now, together with Rachel, Ross, Joey, and Chandler. Rescuers moved all animals from the roadside zoo to accredited animal care amenities.

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Kangaroos Rachel, Ross, Joey, and Chandler — named by rescuers who had been all followers of Associates — moved to the 1,400-acre Black Magnificence Ranch in Murchison, Texas. The sanctuary is a part of the HSUS and supplies a perpetually dwelling to wild animals and unique pets rescued from neglect and animal cruelty.

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Earlier than arriving at Black Magnificence Ranch, the kangaroo quartet lived in a darkish indoor pen with no enrichment. Joey, solely a 12 months previous on the time of the rescue, had by no means seen daylight till the animal left the roadside zoo. On the sanctuary, Rachel, Ross, Joey, and Chandler all take pleasure in huge swaths of grassy land full of enrichment parts.

Kangaroos rescued from Canada Roadside Zoo

Meredith Lee/The HSUS Kangaroos rescued from Canada Roadside Zoo

“These animals won’t ever be uncared for or need to face darkness ever once more. They’re receiving all the correct care they deserve and now have the chance to calm down within the solar or underneath a tree, graze within the tall grass, play, take pleasure in a correct food regimen and loads of treats, and be the wild animals they’re,” Noelle Almrud, the senior director of Black Magnificence Ranch, mentioned in an announcement.


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