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UPDATE: Saving Each Other: An Unlikely Match Made In Heaven

10 May 2011Last month I wrote a blog about Irwin, the kangaroo who has been adopted by an American woman who was going through depression.

Irwin, was paralysed through an accident while living in an animal sanctuary, where Christie, from Oklahoma, volunteered at, when the two met, a bond was instantly formed. The two have been inseparable ever since, and are both mutually nursing each other back to health.

You can read the full details from my previous blog here: http://www.candoability.com.au/CDA/Blog/Saving-Each-Other-An-Unlikely-Match-Made-In-Heaven_137.html

There were discussions about Irwin being taken off Christie, due to him being classed as an exotic animal, which are illegal to obtain by her local council. She wasn’t hearing any of this though, even being prepared to move to another town that would accept Irwin.

After world-wide media exposure, the unlikely pair have caused quite a stir... Some people have voiced that Irwin is an animal and should be treated that way. While others, myself included, think that what she has done for him is beautiful and she should be allowed to keep him.

The council made the decision that Christie could keep Irwin living in her home, provided that she meets 10 conditions set by them, including, that she has a proper enclosure to keep him in, advises her neighbours that he lives in her house, has proper veterinary care for him, and pays an annual fee of $100 to the council.

The council also demanded that Christie take out a $50,000 liability insurance policy, in case Irwin (the paralysed kangaroo) ‘hurts’ anyone. Hmmm.... Seems like a lot of red tape and some money hungry council workers to me! Anyhow, luckily, as if from above, someone anonymously donated the $50,000 to the council in order for Christie and Irwin to continue living in their home.

To read the article that was posted last week about Christie and Irwin, click here: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/8245497/us-woman-allowed-to-keep-kangaroo-son

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