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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Search for missing kangaroo resumes Saturday

  • Volunteers gathered in the area around Meeker Lake Friday morning, where an organized search commenced for a Shawnee family’s missing kangaroo, with good news of a reported sighting.
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    Volunteers gathered in the area around Meeker Lake Friday morning, where an organized search commenced for a Shawnee family’s missing kangaroo, with good news of a reported sighting.
     
    Lucy Sparkles, the 2-foot tall pet of Larry and Shayla Menhusen, and their three children, went missing Nov. 22.
     
    The family received some help for Friday’s search from the operators of the G.W. Exotic Animal Memorial Park in Wynnewood.
     
    Shayla Menhusen said a search in a five-mile radius was planned, although they only make it through about two miles because of thick brush, which took longer than anticipated.
     
    During the search, however, there was a possible sighting of Lucy Sparkles going into a thicket.
     
    “A woman saw something bigger than a rabbit hopping with its back upright,” and moving fast, Menhusen said, adding it was the same area where Lucy was captured recently on a hunter’s deer camera.
     
    Volunteers searched and searched that thicket area Friday and then hung more deer cameras. Menhusen said plan to go back to that area again today.
     
    Lucy went missing Nov. 22 from her home, located about four miles north of Interstate 40 and one mile west of Kickapoo on Hazel Dell Road.
     
    The intensive search has been ongoing for the 11-month-old pet and there is a $1,000 reward offered for her safe return.
     
    A Facebook page, “Bring Lucy Sparkles Home,” has become a place for people to keep up on the search.
     
    Anyone with information or sightings of Lucy are asked to call Shayla Menhusen at 405-990-4867.
     
     
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