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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Search ongoing for Shawnee family's missing kangaroo

  • The search continues for a Shawnee family's missing pet kangaroo, and although there's been no confirmed sightings since Saturday, it's possible she was seen in the Shawnee area on Sunday.
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  • The search continues for a Shawnee family's missing pet kangaroo, and although there's been no confirmed sightings since Saturday, it's possible she was seen in the Shawnee area on Sunday.
    Lucy Sparkles went missing Thanksgiving Day from her Shawnee home one mile west of Kickapoo and Hazel Dell Roads. An intensive search has been ongoing for the 11-month-old pet of the Menhusen family and there is now a $1,000 reward offered for her safe return.
    It is believed the pet of Larry and Shayla Menhusen and their three children wandered off Thursday after being spooked by all the company over for Thanksgiving dinner.
    The family, along with friends and volunteers they've never met, continued their search Tuesday near Shawnee, many searching with flashlights after dark.
    Shayla Menhusen said there was a possible sighting of Lucy crossing Kickapoo Street between Garrett's Lake Road and Wolverine Road on Sunday, which is a lot closer to home than an earlier sighting.
    On Saturday night, there were reports of a possible Lucy Sparkles sighting in the area of Interstate 240 and Hiawassee Road is east Oklahoma City.
    The story of Lucy's disappearance is all over the TV news, newspapers and Internet, both locally and nationwide. A Facebook page titled "Bring Lucy Sparkles Home," is keeping everyone updated on the search.
    Lucy became part of the Menhusen family in June, with 4-year-old Layla naming her Lucy Sparkles.
    Menhusen said she is a gentle kangaroo and will answer to her name.
    "She is just like a dog — she hops around the yard with the kids," Menhusen said. "She's very gentle and very sweet."
    Lucy, when standing, is about 2 feet tall, she said, and weighs about 30 pounds.
    Menhusen said Lucy is gentle and likes to be held, and she especially likes to eat Cheetos.
    Anyone with information or with sightings of Lucy are asked to call Shayla Menhusen at 405-990-4867.
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