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The Great Roo Escape

Exclusive Bulletin Interview with Runaway marsupial

  • Bulletin contributor Dennis Allyn interviews Alice following her return to Bill Rivers’ Camel Farm. BULLETIN PHOTO
    Bulletin contributor Dennis Allyn interviews Alice following her return to Bill Rivers’ Camel Farm. BULLETIN PHOTO

Escaping cattle, horses, goats and dogs is not unusual in Bandera County. But a kangaroo?

I recently met with my good friend Bill Rivers, owner of The Camel Farm, to get the details behind the breakout of Alice. It was a cold and exceptionally

It was a cold and exceptionally windy morning when Bill looked out into the backyard from his living room to see his kangaroos hopping about.

He was not hoppy (not a typo).

The heavy winds had caused the gate to the kangaroo encloser to come undone and the kangaroos saw their chance.

Bill and a friend of his were able to round them all up except for Alice.

She headed for the back of the property with Bill in pursuit in his four-wheeler, but she was too quick and disappeared into the fields.

An alert was issued to be on the lookout.

She was seen as far away from the ranch as the Pipe Creek Fire Department in one direction and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot BBQ in the other direction.

She was seen in the middle of the road on 1283.

After about a week Bill was notified that Alice was seen near E&E Mini Storage.

Bill and his friend jumped in the truck and went to the location and found her. She recognized Bill and stood still as he presented a bucket of her favorite kangaroo food and was easily captured.

I decided to interview Alice to get her side of the story.

Me: “Alice why did you decide to take off like you did?”

Alice: “I was bored and wanted to do a hop about. Saw my chance and went for it.”

Me: “What did you do for food and water/”

Alice: “There is plenty of water troughs in the county. The grass lands are plentiful too. However, the nourishment was far below par and was thinking of heading to an IHOP.”

Me: “How did you feel about being found and captured.”

Alice: “I was ready to get back to the mob. I missed my mates.”

Alice further said she is looking forward to warmer weather and visiting with the guests when The Camel Farm reopens in April.

For further information about The Camel Farm, go to www.movielandanimals.com.