Saturday, March 3, 2012

Texas Teen With Down Syndrome Can Keep Her Kangaroo

A suburban Texas homeowners association has backed off of its demand that a family get rid of a kangaroo that’s the beloved companion of a teenage girl with Down syndrome.

A suburban Houston homeowners association has rescinded an order that a family get rid of a kangaroo that's become the beloved companion of a 16-year-old girl with Down syndrome.

The Estates of Legend Ranch Homeowners Association wrote to Nick and Jeni Dreis last week, demanding the removal of Mike, a 6-month-old red kangaroo that's the pet of their daughter Kayla.

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After intense Internet publicity, the HOA board reversed itself.

Spokesman Jeff Crilley says it was "unaware that the kangaroo was being used for therapy purposes."
Nevertheless, Crilley said the board expects the family will "be working in good faith to find a more suitable home for the animal."

The family intends to keep Mike for a year before moving him to a wildlife park they're planning.

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