You are looking for a pet that hops but want a companion bigger than your average bunny rabbit? If you live in Colorado, you might be in luck with your hoppy pet endeavors as it is actually legal to own a kangaroo in the state.

Photo by Ashish Upadhyay on Unsplash
Photo by Ashish Upadhyay on Unsplash

Yep, you can own a kangaroo according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Colorado Parks and Wildlife technically does not say whether or not you can keep the marsupial as a pet, but you can own one.

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The animal, which is native to Australia and New Guinea isn't probably the best idea for a pet, however. According to Pet Keen, kangaroos have been known to be aggressive and pack quite the kick with nearly 3,000 pounds of force. Kangaroos are also social animals and need a social life to be happy and healthy.

Imagine all the space you would need to have a healthy kangaroo. It's a lot. You can't simply have a kangaroo in your one-bedroom apartment. Sure, the thought is nice, but that would be downright cruel to the kangaroo.

Photo by Yujia Tang on Unsplash
Photo by Yujia Tang on Unsplash

Other animals that are unexpectedly legal to own in the state of Colorado are:

  • Bennett wallaby
  • Dama wallaby
  • Swamp wallaby
  • Wallaroos
  • Short-tailed possum
  • Camel
  • Yak
  • Reindeer

There is an extensive list of animals you can legally own in the state of Colorado. If you would like to see that list, you can visit Colorado Parks and Wildlife for more information.

Normally, I would say that having a pet possum would be kind of gross, but the short-tailed possum is just simply cute. Here's a video for proof:


Source: Colorado Parks and Wildlife

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