Police respond to report of kangaroo in Spring Lake Park and meet a pet named Rocky

Officers with Texarkana Texas Police Department pose with Rocky the kangaroo on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024, at Spring Lake Park. Police received reports Sunday afternoon of a kangaroo running around the park. When officers arrived at the park, they learned Rocky is a pet who was enjoying the day with his family. Texas is one of 13 states that allow people to own kangaroos as pets. (Photo courtesy of Texarkana Texas Police Department)
Officers with Texarkana Texas Police Department pose with Rocky the kangaroo on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024, at Spring Lake Park. Police received reports Sunday afternoon of a kangaroo running around the park. When officers arrived at the park, they learned Rocky is a pet who was enjoying the day with his family. Texas is one of 13 states that allow people to own kangaroos as pets. (Photo courtesy of Texarkana Texas Police Department)

TEXARKANA, Texas -- A kangaroo named Rocky got his 15 minutes of fame Sunday as he enjoyed mild weather at Spring Lake Park.

Police received a call Sunday afternoon about a kangaroo running around the park.

"Of course, that's not something you see around here very often, so the officers thought the caller was obviously mistaken. Turns out there really was one, and it was there with its owners because it's a pet. Apparently, they regularly take it to the park to walk around," said Shawn Vaughn, public information officer for Texarkana Texas Police Department.

The officers enjoyed their surprise meeting with Rocky and posed for photos with him, Vaughn said.

Texas is one of 13 states that allow people to own kangaroos as pets, according to a 2023 article in Texas Monthly.

The Texarkana Texas Parks and Recreation Department got in on the kangaroo excitement Monday by temporarily changing its logo from an alligator to a kangaroo wearing sunglasses.

"No disrespect to Greenie, but we thought a one-day temporary logo was in order for the sighting of our friend Rocky," a post on the Park's Department Facebook page stated.

Greenie became the Park's Department's mascot years ago, after a small alligator was spotted swimming in the Spring Lake Park pond. The alligator was eventually caught and relocated.

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