McCormick County, S.C. (WCIV) — Early Tuesday morning, officers in McCormick County got a call about a unusual animal in the road: A kangaroo hopping around the highway.
“I thought dispatch was joking,” the responding officer recalls.
The McCormick County Sheriff's Office located the kangaroo in the Clarks Hill area, near the South Carolina-Georgia border.
“When you get dispatched to an animal in the road and this is what you find,” the department wrote along with a photo of the kangaroo on its Facebook page.
Two officers had the task of keeping the kangaroo out of the road to not get hit by any vehicles.
The loose kangaroo quickly got the attention of the small community.
Officials warned people not to go near it and said the owner was aware of his missing marsupial.
“Please do not try to catch or play with the Kangaroo in Clarks Hill," the McCormick County Emergency Services wrote on its Facebook page at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. "The Sheriff's office and the owner are aware that he is out and hopping/jumping along the sides of HWY 28 S.”
By Tuesday afternoon, the emergency services department posted that the kangaroo was safe and back home.
It's been reported that it belonged to Melrose Farm, a licensed exotic farm in Clarks Hill.