A couple who unknowingly broke Maine law by buying a wallaby in New Jersey, and bringing it home, have reached an agreement with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, reports The Bangor Daily News.
The most important part of that sentence is the information that you can buy pet wallabies in New Jersey. OHMYGAH. I’m one state away from having a pet wallaby.
Michelle Charette and Jay Batchelder have been granted a permit to keep Kingston, their pet wallaby, with a few conditions. One of the conditions is getting the animal vaccinated against rabies when it is old enough (probably sometime in mid-September) which seems totally reasonable to me. Because who wants to deal with a rabid wallaby? Not me.
Ms. Charette and Mr. Batchelder bought Kingston from a wallaby ranch (OHMYGAH) in May, unaware that the animals are not permitted in Maine. All was well and good, though, until they brought Kingston to Ms. Charette’s son’s baseball game in June. Apparently someone at the game hates wallabies or something, because the next day a couple of Maine wardens knocked on their door.
Besides the rabies requirement, Kingston must be kept on the couple’s property at all times, either caged, on a leash (adorbz) or in the house. A six-foot high fence was also stipulated by the state, as was the requirement that Kingston be neutered. Again, fair enough, because having a wallaby hump your leg all the time is probably really awkward.
Kingston currently weighs between 12 and 15 pounds, and stands about as high as Mr. Batchelder’s knee, The Bangor Daily News said. Even at that small size, he can already hop about three feet high.
According to National Geographic, there are several different types of wallabies, which are smaller than their kangaroo cousins. Their height can range from 12 to 41 inches, and their weight can vary from 4 to 53 pounds.
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