It was an image which shocked many when it recently made the rounds.
A kangaroo, lying on its side in an enclosure in the blazing sun, at the Aurora Chamber of Commerce Street Festival.
Jonathon Cole, who attended the event, took several pictures at the petting zoo, including the one shown here.
“It was lying on the ground, no water, barely any bedding, lying on the hot concrete and panting and foaming at the mouth. It wasn’t dead, but I thought it might be dying.”
The owner of the Tiger Paw Exotics petting zoo is defending its treatment of the animals.
Tim Height says they take exceptional care of them, and the kangaroo pictured was just resting.
It was examined by one vet who was quoted as saying the nine year old female was in good health.
Tiger Paw is now under investigation by the O-S-P-C-A, and the company which organizes the zoo for the annual street party have cut ties with Height and Tiger Paw Exotics.
**Photo via Jonathon Cole