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Search still on for Pasco kangaroo's owner

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PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Authorities continued to search Monday for the owners of a kangaroo that was captured after ten hours on the run in Pasco County when wildlife officers used a tranquilizer to stop him.

The owners of the animal had not yet come forward, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

The 200-pound male kangaroo was spotted Saturday in the area of Lacoochee and led deputies on a lengthy chase that ended nearly ten hours later.

Authorities also released three 911 recordings to the sheriff's office regarding the kangaroo on the run. One caller spotted the animal in the middle of the road and gave directions to the 911 dispatcher as to the elusive animal's whereabouts.

"He's just hopping around," one caller said. "He's hopping around and then comes back. He's going up and down the road. And he's a big kangaroo, too."

The same caller also told dispatchers they were recording the kangaroo "because it's cool."

"He's having a merry old time," the caller said. "He's been on the move for quite a while tonight," the dispatcher replied.

Authorities said a family living in the area has other kangaroos, but they have not claimed the kangaroo as their own. One caller to the sheriff's office suggested the animal came from a nearby zoo.

Wildlife officials said a person can own a kangaroo if they have the specific permits to do so.

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