Case closed on death of kangaroo

Pasco County officials say no necropsy will be performed and they are closing the case of the kangaroo captured last week.

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office

Pasco County officials say no necropsy will be performed and they are closing the case of the kangaroo captured last week.

The case of the escaped — now dead — kangaroo is officially closed.

Despite a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office that a necropsy would be conducted, that never happened.

"It's not standard procedure," said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Baryl Martin said Saturday. "There were no unusual circumstances surrounding the death of animal."

He compared its death to that of an escaped cow or other livestock. The body has already been disposed.

Officials said Friday that the animal died at the same kangaroo farm north of Dade City from where it had escaped.

That facility's owner, John Chatfield, told deputies last weekend that it was not one of his kangaroos. Investigators determined that was untrue.

Chatfield did not immediately return a phone message on Saturday.

Investigators cited him for improperly caging the kangaroo. But the charge, Martin said, had nothing to do with animal's death.

Martin said Friday that the male kangaroo died of cardiomyopathy, or "excited delirium," likely from the stress of being shot with multiple tranquilizer darts and wrestled to the ground.

Case closed on death of kangaroo 06/08/13 [Last modified: Saturday, June 8, 2013 10:08pm]

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