updated 8/8/2007 1:41:49 PM ET 2007-08-08T17:41:49

A kangaroo may be on the loose in Mississippi.

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Animal-control officers in Bay Saint Louis say there have been several reports in the past few days of a kangaroo hopping along U.S. 90.

The mayor says he’s heard reports of people seeing a kangaroo four or five different times, and at first he wondered if someone was just joking around.

Some officials suspect the animal was someone’s pet that may have escaped.

Based on eyewitness accounts, the kangaroo is about four feet tall.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs says kangaroos usually feed on fruits and vegetables. Most are nocturnal, but some are active in the early morning and late afternoon.

Officials say animal-control officers have never tackled a kangaroo.

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