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Ohio Cop Finds Baby Kangaroo in The Back Seat During Traffic Stop

An Ohio cop made a startling find during a routine check in a traffic stop: a baby kangaroo sleeping in the back seat of the car he had just pulled over.
Ohio police officer finds a kangaroo in the back seat of a car during routine traffic stop 6 photos
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The surprise was so great that the Norwood Police couldn’t but post about it on the official Facebook page. You can also see the footage at the bottom of the page: the kangaroo is named Scooby, which apparently is short for Scooby-roo.

“Traffic stop on I-71 leads to pet kangaroo not properly restrained... driver cautioned,” the department says of the surprising stop made near Cincinnati. “Just when you think you have seen practically everything in your career. Officer Harvey made a traffic stop last night and the driver had a kangaroo in the back seat. The NPD may have officially ‘jumped the shark,’” the same post says.

The driver was allowed to go without a fine, but he did receive a warning. Traveling with pets not properly restrained in the back seat can be very dangerous, regardless if they’re dogs or cats. Or kangaroos, as is the case here.

From the footage the police posted on social media, it looks like Scooby was sleeping when its human was pulled over, and that he was placed in some kind of bag / special pouch. However, that’s not enough in the eyes of the law: in order to be considered “safe” on the road, animals must either be carried in proper travel cages or with specially made seatbelts.

Though driving with pets unrestrained or in your lap is not downright illegal in most US states, it still falls under “distracted driving,” same as texting and driving, and can land you a fine. Only a handful of cities across the country have explicit laws that ban driving with pets on your lap, either as part of animal rights laws or distracted driving laws.



 
 
 
 
 

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