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December 23, 2012

Hippity, hoppity holiday

Aussie native’s girlfriend gives him baby kangaroo as birthday present

By JUDY SHERIDAN | jsheridan@weatherforddemocrat.com

MILLSAP – Sometimes people are willing to work extra hard to seek out the perfect gift, something with an element of surprise, perhaps, that delights because it fits its recipient like a glove.

Janna Cosgrove, of Millsap, is one of those special people. Her birthday present to her Australian-born fiancé, Geordie Richardson, is off the charts for being both appropriate and unique.

Cosgrove has given Richardson a baby red kangaroo, a cuddly, doe-eyed critter with super-soft belly fur that wears diapers and rocks its tiny T-shirts.

Richardson, a construction superintendent for Environmental Noise Control in Aledo, is quite rightfully thrilled. He has named the little roo Bruce, a common name in Australia. 

“He’s really hard to shop for,” Cosgrove explained, describing a typical gift-giving dilemma. “He said it would be neat to have one. If he wants something, he goes out and buys it.

“I started looking at wallabies, but there were none available, and you have to feed them every two hours. So I found a kangaroo breeder in Lampasas who e-mailed me right back.”

Cosgrove, who returned about three weeks ago from Safari Limited with the 4-pound bundle of disproportionately large hind legs and a tail, initially hoped to spring the unusual present on Richardson.

She soon realized, however, that she would need his help to install an 8-foot no-climb fence and build a small barn.

“I told him I really wanted to surprise him with a gift, but I wanted to discuss it first,” she said. “When I told him I’d found a kangaroo, he was really excited. He wanted to know when we would get him and what we needed to do.”

Kangaroos are marsupials, which means they give birth to very small young that develop mainly in a pouch outside their mother’s body. Bruce was the size of a lima bean when he was born, Cosgrove said; the event is so inconsequential — the doe or flyer simply sits — that the breeder has to check for a baby by feeling the doe’s pouch weekly.

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