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Monday 23 October 2017

Kangaroo 'died hours after being released at 30th party' in hotel

CLAIMS a live kangaroo was let loose as a birthday 'surprise' at a Dublin hotel have been reported to gardai.

Animal welfare group the DSPCA reported the incident after receiving a number of complaints from members of the public.

It is believed the animal may have since died.

The kangaroo was freed on the dance floor as the DJ played the theme tune to Australian TV programme Skippy.

Revellers had gathered at the Clarion hotel in Liffey Valley to celebrate the 30th birthday bash.

When the kangaroo was unleashed, friends gathered around to try to touch it, reports said.

The hotel managers were dismayed when they found out a box that arrived at the function room during the party contained a live animal.

They reported it to their boss, saying what looked like a "baby kangaroo" had been brought into the building.

Garret Marrinan, the hotel's general manager, said the box "made its way up to the function room" during the night.

It was opened up and "there was a kangaroo in it".

Mr Marrinan said they didn't know anything about it until it appeared in the hotel.

He described the situation as "crazy", adding it was not something the Clarion condones and they don't want anything to do with it.

Had the hotel known about it in advance, the revellers would have been told it was not permitted.

As soon as management discovered the prank, hotel security dealt with the situation.

Mr Marrinan said bringing the kangaroo onto the premises "was totally unacceptable".

He added that it is not funny and "it's not a joke".

The DSPCA has been a strong critic of the trade in exotic pets.

"Exotic animals often suffer immensely because most people don't have the resources or knowledge to properly meet their requirements," it says.

"You must remember though that exotic animals cannot perform tricks, they ignore their owners and are difficult to care for," it adds.

The DSPCA complained there is no requirement to microchip exotic animals or make them traceable in Ireland.

comurphy@herald.ie

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