Okay, we know New Yorkers like exotic animals (Antoine Yates, anyone?), but are we really at the point where we've got kangaroos living in apartments? Because videos of a man with a kangaroo at a Third Avenue pet store—seems like the Upper East Side Unleashed by Petco—appeared on YouTube and it's pretty crazy. A man who was at the store with his dog filmed it and sounds pretty amazed by the sight of the adorable marsupial (his dog, though, is more interested in a fellow canine).
Also, what is up with the kangaroo owner picking up the kangaroo by the tail? That doesn't seem cool, but we're not kangaroo experts. Update: As a reader pointed out in the comments, the kangaroo is not a personal pet. Which is good, since they would be illegal pets in NYC. Here's the city health code:
(a) No person shall sell or give to another person, possess, harbor or keep wild animals identified in subsection (b) of this section or in regulations promulgated by the Commissioner pursuant to subsection (e) of this section other than in:
(1) A zoological park or aquarium operated by the Department of Parks, by the Wildlife Conservation Society, or by the Staten Island Zoological Society; or
(2) A laboratory operated pursuant to ¨þ 504 of the Public Health Law; or
(3) A circus or native wildlife rehabilitator licensed by federal or state agencies; or
(4) A place which has received the approval of the Department to exhibit or use such
animals, and which has protective devices which are adequate to prevent such animal from escaping or injuring the public. The Department may impose reasonable conditions and time limits on the granting of such approval.
(b) For the purposes of this Code, wild animals are deemed to be any animals which are naturally inclined to do harm and capable of inflicting harm upon human beings and are hereby prohibited pursuant to subsection (a). Such animals shall include: (i) any animals specified by the Commissioner in regulations promulgated pursuant to this section; (ii) any native or exotic wildlife whose possession or sale is prohibited because they are designated as protected or endangered pursuant to any federal, state or local law, regulation, or rule; and (iii) any of the following animals:
....(17) All marsupials, including, but not limited to, Tasmanian devil, dasyure, bandicoot, kangaroo, wallaby, opossum, wombat, koala bear, cuscus, numbat and pigmy, sugar and greater glider.