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Posted: 7:24 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013

Irwin the kangaroo happy in new home

Broken Arrow woman fights to keep Irwin the kangaroo
Broken Arrow woman fights to keep Irwin the kangaroo

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Broken Arrow woman fights to keep Irwin the kangaroo photo
Broken Arrow woman fights to keep Irwin the kangaroo

By Camie Hayes and Associated Press

Associated Press

Irwin the kangaroo, who lived with Christie Carr in Broken Arrow has found a new home  near Wynnewood, Oklahoma. 

Irwin is now living at the Wayne Interactive Zoological Park, a park that has close to 800 animals there. 

There is another kangaroo at the Park, but Irwin can't play with him yet because everyone is concerned that Irwin will get hurt.

Irwin has gained 20 pounds and is hopping around much better.

Most of the animals have come from other sanctuaries and zoos, and this zoo is a place they can get a second chance at life.

Joe Schreibvogel is the founder of the park, which he named after his brother who died in a car accident in 1997.

Schreibvogel says that it's not just the animals that benefit from living there - most of the workers get a second chance there as well.

"Most of the volunteers here are ex-druggies, ex-alcoholics, on prison's door step," he says.  "Why do people turn to drugs and alcohol?  Usually, because they don't fit in somewhere.  Well, here these animals don't judge you."

Irwin and Carr left Broken Arrow earlier this year because of the prohibitive costs imposed by the City of Broken Arrow for Carr to keep Irwin in her house.

After living in Claremore at Carr's parents house, they learn about the Park, and moved there in March.

So far, everyone seems to be very happy living there.

Copyright The Associated Press

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