SHAWNEE — For nearly two weeks, sightings of an elusive pet kangaroo have been popping up all over the east side of the metro.
The Menhusen family recently learned that its pet kangaroo, Lucy Sparkles, was spotted north of the family home on Nov. 26, five days after Lucy went missing from their home northeast of Shawnee near Kickapoo and Hazel Dell Road.
A family living north of the Menhusens captured images of the 2-foot-tall, 15 pound red kangaroo grazing beneath a hunting camera used to keep tabs on deer.
Shayla Menhusen said Lucy is likely confused and any attempts to lure or catch her will cause her to flee.
“There are sightings coming in from all over, but the best ones are close to our location near the McLoud area,” she said.
The family received phone calls about two sightings near McLoud on Saturday evening.
“I don't know if we're going to be able to catch her. We may have to trap her or something, but these sightings give us hope,” Menhusen said. “We're definitely ready for her to be home. We so appreciate everyone keeping their eyes open and calling us with information.”
Gig Parker, who has 15 acres near SE 98 and Hiwasee Road, said he's sure he saw Lucy Monday evening as he was driving east on SE 99 in Oklahoma City. He said he spooked several deer that leapt over a barbed wire fence. When he looked down, he saw a smaller animal unlike any he'd ever seen in the area trying to get through the fence.
“I've lived out here 23 years and I've been in this area all my life — I've never seen anything like that,” Parker said.
At first he thought the animal might be a dog or a large raccoon, but when he saw her jump, he knew it was a kangaroo.
“She wasn't very big but she was hopping pretty good,” he said. “I thought she looked scared, like she was in flight mode.”
The Menhusens are asking people with outdoor hunting cameras to check them for signs of the runaway ‘roo. The family is offering a $1,000 reward for the pet.
The Facebook page “Bring Lucy Sparkles Home” has more than 1,800 followers. The page is regularly updated with information on possible sightings and other posts.
Menhusen said if anyone spots the kangaroo and has her in their sight, they can call her at 990-4867. If she runs away, sightings can be posted on the Facebook page.