Lion on the Loose in Florida After Escaped Kangaroo Found Wednesday

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Florida already has alligators, panthers, and all sorts of crazy snakes. We don't need other continent's weird animals running lose.

Yet we're only three days into 2014 and there's already been a rash of weird animal escapes in the state. On New Year's Day a kangaroo was found hopping through a Central Florida neighborhood, and earlier today a lion was on the loose in the Tampa Bay area.

According to the Associated Press, a 7-year-old lioness slipped out of her enclosure at the Survival Outreach Sanctuary. Authorities set up a perimeter around the property. Eventually, the animal was found, tranquilized, and placed back in her pen.

Earlier this week, a kangaroo was spotted in a suburban neighborhood near Orlando. The animal was apparently owned by someone with the proper permits but was under the care of a babysitter at the time of the escape.

"She said she's the babysitter, so [it] sounds weird," witness Annie Stokes told UPI. "I said, 'Do you live here?' She says, 'I don't live here. This kangaroo lives here.'"

Deputies caught the kangaroo, which was taken back to its babysitter. The case was then closed.

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stephanie.p.palmer
stephanie.p.palmer

What an over-dramatic "story." First of all, the loose kangaroo was on New Year's EVE. If you're going for a story about 2014 wild animal escapes, you really can't include that, or you need to modify your parameters to be accurate. Secondly, I would hardly call two animals a "rash" of escapes. Thirdly, you have grammatical errors starting in your first paragraph with "continent's" used to signify possession from multiple continents. After you go back to journalism school (please), get your facts straight before you completely over sensationalize your desperate attempt at a story.

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