August 22, 2007 / 4:36 PM / in 13 years

Escaped German kangaroo Skippi dies in road smash

BERLIN (Reuters) - A kangaroo called Skippi has been run over by a car after spending three weeks on the loose in southern Germany, police said on Wednesday.

Skippi’s body was found on a road about 40 km (25 miles) from the farm he escaped in early August, said a spokesman for police in the southern town of Krumbach.

“I don’t think it was a deliberate suicide,” the spokesman said. “He was just hopping about.”

The grey and brown Bennett’s kangaroo had evaded all attempts at capture but was seen near a railway line earlier this month. A driver spotted Skippi sitting on the road early on Wednesday morning, but he was dead by the time police arrived.

The spokesman said the owner had declined to identify the body, saying it could not be Skippi. However, police said the corpse matched their description and that no other kangaroos had been reported missing in the area.

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