Last Saturday it was reported that the first of 5 batches of 90 kangaroos were released into the wilds of Wyoming in an effort to populate the state with the iconic Australian marsupial. In a plan called "Project Sage Hopper," the animals would be studied to see how well they are able to adapt, thrive, and migrate in their new northern hemisphere environment.
The idea for the state of Wyoming is to first create new tourism possibilities as people flock to see the animals. Secondly is to provide new game for hunters after they become established in a few years.. (I will pause here for animal rights activists to become outraged.) It was also reported that this project has been in the planning stages for the past three years and had required many delicate negotiations to get the animals.
Project leaders also reported that they expected the kangaroos, with their powerful hind legs, to be able to fend off predators like bears, coyotes, and wolves. They also hope that success with this project would lead to the transplantation of other Australian natives such as koalas, wallabys, and Tasmanian devils.
There is, of course, one major, glaring drawback to their plan. It is all a fake. This information was released for April Fool's Day and reportedly caught more than a few people off guard. Were you one of them? The sure give-away in the original article was the comments made by a rancher by the name of Mr. Sheep Dipper. HA!
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