[PETS] Kangaroo who likes his creature comforts

Irwin likes the finer things in life. He is chauffeured around town, likes to wear a suit and sleeps in a comfortable bed. Trouble is, Irwin’s a kangaroo.

The one-year-old great red kangaroo has free reign of owner Christie Carr’s home.

Weighing 11kg (25lb), he is dressed in human clothes and sleeps in her bed at night. ‘He’s always stealing my pillow,’ she said.

Irwin, named in honour of the late Australian wildlife lover Steve Irwin, ran into a fence and fractured his neck as a joey. Since then he has been cared for by Ms Carr, who was working at her local animal shelter in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

‘Putting clothes on Irwin protects his skin from harm. And I have to admit it looks pretty cute too,’ said the 39-year-old.

When they go out, Irwin is carried in a sling, pushed in a pram or placed in a child’s car seat.

He is also a regular visitor at the local nursing home. ‘They love to hold him and stroke him. He brings a lot of joy to people, young and old,’ Ms Carr added.

Vets believe Irwin, who is partially paralysed, will not get much bigger than 22kg (3st 5lb) or 91cm (3ft) – about half that of a normal kangaroo.

But town mayor Mike Lester is concerned what could happen if Irwin regained full mobility and officials may recommend he be taken away from Ms Carr.

‘I would rather move state or country than give him up. He’s my best friend,’ she said.

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