By Patrick Lacombe, The Belton Journal
Izzy the Kangaroo was reunited with her human family Friday night after escaping from her pen sometime Wednesday off Hwy 2484 in Salado.
Owners Lonnie and Louise Whitaker searched the area in the Woods of Salado subdivision after a sighting of Izzy was reported late Wednesday. Village of Salado firefighters and agents from the Texas Parks and Wildlife also searched the area but had to stop as darkness fell.
Izzy endured the extreme weather Wednesday and Thursday when early morning temps fell into the upper 20s accompanied by sleet and freezing rain.
Thursday, searchers were still combing the area with no sightings of Izzy. The search continued all day Friday to no avail, but Friday evening at approximately 6 p.m., a resident of the subdivision spotted the Kangaroo in their yard on Live Oak Rd. The owner was called and given the location of the sighting and hurried over.
Neighbors where Izzy was sighted banded together and trudged through the heavily wooded area in search of the tired and hungry Kangaroo. Finally, right before sunset, Izzy’s owner saw her sitting in a yard off nearby Rocking H Road and made her way towards the lost Kangaroo and softly called to her.
The frightened Roo recognized her owner and went to her. After a tearful reunion and many hugs, Whitaker then lifted Izzy into the vehicle and took her home. Before she drove off, an emotional Whitaker thanked the people that helped her find Izzy.
The Kangaroo is one year old and is a family pet of the Whitakers.