YORK — York FFA revealed its latest furry pal on the animal lab, Kevin, a crimson kangaroo. Kevin comes from the Roos R Us, an unique animal ranch in Honey Grove, Texas.
Kevin is about 10 lbs. and 16 inches lengthy. York Excessive Faculty ag teacher and FFA advisor Jason Hirschfeld mentioned, “Kevin is dealing with issues effectively.”
This gained’t be the primary time the YHS animal lab has housed a kangaroo. Six years in the past that they had a kangaroo by the title of Boomer, ever since college students have been asking for an unique pet, mentioned Hirschfeld. With the assistance of lively volunteer Jenn Kitt, the scholars obtained what they requested for with Kevin who arrived on July 11.
Kitt mentioned she attended unique animal public sale over a yr in the past to choose up a wallaby for the FFA animal lab. She then made connections with employees from Roos R Us and was educated on the variations between a wallaby and kangaroo. Kitt mentioned it was preferrred to get a kangaroo as a result of kangaroos are likely to have a greater reminiscence and have higher interactions with people than wallabies.
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It wasn’t lengthy and Kitt was packing up for a visit to Texas, the place she picked up Kevin from the ranch. Kitt mentioned her journey to the ranch was “unimaginable.” She mentioned, “They’ve zebras, buffalo, porcupines, and lemurs. It was a type of experiences that can final a lifetime.”
Kitt determined to call the kangaroo, Kevin, on the drive again to Nebraska. “He simply appeared like Kevin,” mentioned Kitt. “I assumed that might be a cute title for a kangaroo, and after we obtained again everybody appreciated it and it caught.”
After all there have been just a few issues that wanted to be taken care of earlier than the joey made its journey to the cornfields. A well being allow needed to be signed off together with submitting Nebraska transport papers, and the state veterinarian confirming that Kevin was good well being to maneuver ahead.
Hirschfeld mentioned Kevin is comparatively simple to handle. He’s nonetheless on the bottle and drinks Kangaroo milk substitute.
There are not any issues as to how effectively he’ll adapt because the months get colder.
“He’ll be nice right here so long as he has a warmth supply,” mentioned Hirschfeld.
At the moment, Kevin is regularly transitioning from resting in kangaroo pouch provider to hopping round within the classroom freely. Hirschfeld mentioned he prefers napping over bouncing, however does wish to race round in circles every now and then.
“That is actually an effective way to show youngsters to unique animals and examine their conduct,” mentioned Hirschfeld. “We’ve discovered so much, and we’ve been getting a variety of colleges eager to do visits. Once we had our final kangaroo, we had over 10,000 guests, and so it’s nice for our outreach and to point out folks what we do.”
Kevin has already made his debut at York versus Holdrege volleyball recreation. Hirschfeld mentioned Kevin will probably be make appearances at future occasions too, so maintain your eyes peeled for Kevin the kangaroo.
Hirschfeld mentioned, “We’re going to maintain him so long as we are able to.”
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