Let's file this under, "Something Else You Don't Expect to See on a Road."
Most people know to be keenly aware of wayward deer when cruising the highways and byways of Wisconsin. Also beware of other varmints like raccoons, foxes, and even coyotes that take to the road. But now Badger drivers have one more animal to share the asphalt with and that is one you'd expect to encounter in Australia. I speak of kangaroos. Yes, those long-tailed giant rats with the funny little pouches have been caught and hit in the Dairy State.
According to the Associated Press, a driver near Mauston, a town about 75 miles northwest of Madison, hit a 50 pound kangaroo this past week. Ralph Hamm was really surprised when he hit it and has received permission from the Wisconsin DNR to keep it. I can just imagine his insurance agent's look when he turned in his claim. "You had an accident with a what?" This would make a great Bob Newhart telephone bit.
Hamm is thinking of stuffing it so people will believe him. No one as of yet has come forward to claim it, but I could imagine someone turning in a missing kangaroo report to the local police.
The Wisconsin State Journal of Madison reports that kangaroos have become somewhat of an annual occurrence in the state. In January, a 130 pound kangaroo was taken into custody near Dodgeville, about 45 miles west of Madison. It is currently in a zoo.
Looks like Wisconsin might be in the need of Crocodile Dundee.
Keep on Down that Two Lane Highway. -- RoadDog