Kangaroo captured after hopping around Hidalgo County

Deputies received a call for service regarding a kangaroo sighting in Mercedes, Texas

Hidalgo County deputies find, return Kangaroo after it escaped a ranch Saturday. (KSAT/Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office)

HIDALGO COUNTY, Texas – It’s not an animal you would expect to see in Texas, but for residents in Hidalgo County, this animal sighting had some calling local authorities.

According to a Facebook post from the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called for a kangaroo sighting in the 12000 block of Apache Drive in Mercedes, Texas.

Deputies said they located and captured the kangaroo about two miles from the ranch it belongs to and returned the animal to its owner.

No injuries or property damage was reported and deputies say they are still working to determine how the kangaroo escaped the ranch.

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Emily Martin is a digital producer trainee at KSAT. She earned a journalism degree from Texas State University, where she was news director at KTSW, the campus radio station. She has also interned at KXAN and KUT in Austin.