SHAWNEE — A reward offered for a pet kangaroo missing for more than a month has been raised to $2,000, and snow that could have dampened hope might provide new opportunities to find her.
Shayla Menhusen, owner of the missing kangaroo, Lucy Sparkles, said the snow might make it easier to spot the brownish-gray marsupial as well as her tracks. Photographs taken near Interstate 240 and Walker Avenue after the snowfall also appear to show kangaroo footprints.
“In light of the information and because they feel certain she might be there, G.W. Exotic Animal Park is matching our reward,” she said.
This brings the reward to $2,000 and is the highest it will go, she said.
The 2-foot tall marsupial disappeared on Thanksgiving evening, and the family has pulled out every stop to find her. From a Facebook page with around 2,600 followers to organized searches earlier this month, Menhusen said she's still not giving up hope.
“We'll continue to search until we feel that window has closed,” she said.
She said the most recent sightings have been near the SW 104 and Hiwassee area and near the area south of the Interstate 240 and Walker Avenue.
Some calls have said they saw the kangaroo traveling with a herd of deer.
“I don't know if it's possible that she's there, but it's worth watching out for,” Menhusen said.
Menhusen's family has responded to sightings in Lincoln, Pottawattamie and Oklahoma counties. The animal could still be moving around, but it's also possible she's been struck by a vehicle or picked up by someone who intends to keep her.
Menhusen said anyone who thinks they've seen Lucy or her tracks should take pictures, if possible, and visit the Facebook page “Bring Lucy Sparkles Home” or call 990-4867.