US singer under fire after giving his wife two kangaroos for Christmas
While Australians think of kangaroos as pests, in some parts of the United States they can be kept as pets.
And when American country singer Luke Bryan posted a video to Instagram of the moment he gave his wife Caroline Boyer two kangaroo joeys on Christmas, it caused quite a stir.
Bryan later posted a photo of the joeys, Margo and Todd, wearing nappies and sitting inside.
The post indicated the animals would be the latest addition to the family's rescue barn, named Brett's Barn in honour of their late niece.
But many people online expressed anger, and concern for the joeys' welfare.
"It's animal cruelty, they should not be in nappies or inside and are way too young to be away from their mother," one commenter said.
"Wow…what a cruel gift! Kangaroos belong in the wild… not as house pets. Shame on you," another said.
Others slammed the singer for disregarding the possible dangers the animals could pose.
Kangaroos as pets
While most of Australia's marsupials, including kangaroos, are considered wild animals in the US, whether or not someone can have them as a pet, depends on the state.
Tennessee, where Byran is believed to live, does not regulate the private possession of certain species, including kangaroos, according to Born Free USA.
However, kangaroos are considered "inherently dangerous" in the state of Georgia.
In Colorado sugar gliders, wallabies, wallaroos and kangaroos are considered to be unregulated wildlife and people are allowed to keep up to six as pets.
Other states specify the need for a permit or commercial and conservation reasons in order to keep exotic or wild animals as pets.
But this is not the case in Australia.
Like most native animals in Australia — with the exception of a some birds — kangaroos cannot be kept as pets, the RSPCA states.
To do so, special permits are needed and even then, they are usually only given to zoos and wildlife parks.
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