May 14, 2:27
Kangaroo Dies in Hit-and-Run in Austria
VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Who said there are no kangaroos in Austria?
Those struggling to distinguish the small alpine country in Europe from Australia
were dealt a blow when a kangaroo was hit by a car and killed in central Austria.
Police said Wednesday that they had discovered the carcass of the Australian
kangaroo near the town of Steyr, 100 miles west of Vienna.
The animal - the pet of a private owner - had apparently escaped from its cage
early Tuesday before hopping onto a road where it was hit by a car, police
in Steyr said in a statement.
The driver then escaped, "committing a hit and run," police said.
A police officer in Steyr reached by phone said that coming across
a kangaroo - dead or alive - was "extremely uncommon around here."
" We're just used to dead deer and rabbits," said the officer, who
refused to give his name.