Friday, July 18, 2014

Texas Phantom Kangaroo

Reports of so called "Phantom Kangaroos" have appeared periodically around the United States since the late 1800s.  They are often witnessed by numerous people and the animals usually vanish as suddenly as they appear.

Back in 2012 I received one such report out of central Texas.  A woman, her boyfriend, and her daughter all witnessed the animal.

Barbara had driven out to west Texas to visit friends for the holidays.  Her boyfriend and her teenage daughter made the trip with her.  On Thursday, December 29th, 2011, they were driving back home to the Austin area.  It was early afternoon and Barbara was at the wheel.  Seeing an animal ahead on the right hand side of the road, she began to slow down.  Barbara's boyfriend was in the passenger seat and leaned forward trying to distinguish just what the animal was.

"Suddenly, it sprang into the air and landed on the highway."

Barbara now had the car at a complete stop on the road and she realized exactly what she was seeing.

"Oh my God!  It's a kangaroo!"

The three travelers sat in the car and stared in amazement at an animal that clearly didn't belong in Texas.  After a moment, the kangaroo leaped again, landing in a field on the left side of the road.  It paused a moment, then bounded across the field, vanishing in the brush and tress.

Barbara pulled off the road and the three got out, trying to catch another glimpse of the animal, but it was gone.

Calls to local zoos revealed that no animals had escaped recently.

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