Tennessee man strangles neighbor’s pet kangaroo, Carter, to death after it attacked his wife
- A Tennessee man strangled his neighbor’s pet kangaroo to death after it attacked his wife Wednesday evening, according to authorities
- The incident occurred at a residence on Fern Valley Road in the city of White House, about 20 miles north of Nashville
- Authorities responded to the area around 5 pm for reports of two people ‘who had been in a battle with a male kangaroo’ named Carter
- The incident began after Carter escaped from its normal area, where the neighbors spotted it while the animal was still on its owners’ property
- The woman was reportedly assaulted by the kangaroo after she and her husband entered the Lea’s property in an effort to bring it back to its usual area
- That’s when the woman’s husband stepped in and strangled the kangaroo, killing it before the Lea’s could arrive back home
- The couple are now looking into a potential lawsuit against their neighbors over their pet kangaroos untimely death
- Males kangaroos usually cost around $2,000 and females go for $3,000
A Tennessee man strangled to death his neighbor’s pet kangaroo after he attacked the man’s wife as they tried to lure the roaming animal back to his enclosure.
The shocking incident occurred at the Fern Valley Road property owned by Hope and Chris Lea in the city of White House, about 20 miles north of Nashville, on Wednesday.
Authorities responded to the home around 5 pm after reports of two people ‘who had been in a battle with a male kangaroo’ named Carter, according to Sumner County Sheriff Tim Bailey.
Carter’s owners came home to find their other kangaroos milling around the dead animal, they told local news station WKRN.
‘He didn’t have nowhere to go,’ Hope said. ‘He was choked to death in his own space.’
Tennessee law allows people to own kangaroos, with males costing around $2,000 and females going for $3,000.
Pictured: Carter the kangaroo, who was killed by a neighbor after attacking the man’s wife
Chris and Hope Lea, pictured, emotionally speaking to WKRN where they described the incident. ‘It’s like losing a family member,’ Hope told the outlet
‘We’ve had Carter since he was a little nugget,’ she added. ‘It’s like losing a family member.’
The incident began after neighbors spotted that Carter had escaped from his enclosure on the owners’ property.
The neighbors called the Leas to see if they could get the kangaroo back into his normal confinement.
The Leas said they told their neighbors, who were not immediately named, that they could feed the kangaroo to lure him back to his area within the Leas’ fenced-in property.
The couple also said they would be home within an hour to take care of the situation.
The woman was reportedly assaulted by the kangaroo after she and her husband entered the Leas’ property in an effort to bring him back to the enclosure.
That’s when the woman’s husband stepped in and strangled the kangaroo, killing Carter before the Leas arrived back home.
Neither of the neighbors were seriously hurt.
The Lea’s own several pet kangaroos, pictured, with the younger kangaroos surrounding Carter’s lifeless body after Wednesday’s incident, according to the owners
‘He didn’t have nowhere to go,’ said Hope, pictured alongside her husband Chris. ‘He was choked to death in his own space’
The Leas said that they returned home to find their younger kangaroos surrounding Carter’s lifeless body.
‘I was screaming because all of the babies were standing around his dead body and I was just so upset,’ Hope tearfully said.
The couple are now looking into a potential lawsuit against their neighbors over their pet kangaroo’s death.
It was still unclear as of Thursday whether or not the husband responsible for killing Carter will face criminal charges.
Although Tennessee does not allow most exotic animals as pets, some native reptiles and other unregulated wildlife, are legal in the state, including sugar gliders, hedgehogs and kangaroos.
Kangaroo ownership is also legal with a permit in Washington, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maine and New Jersey.
In Wisconsin, West Virginia and South Carolina, a permit is not required for kangaroo ownership.