By Justin Schmidt, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
PLATTE CITY, MO (KCTV) -
A local family's fight to keep their wallaby is moving forward, and now neighbors are jumping in to help.
Noah, the wallaby found wandering Platte City streets on Thanksgiving, has been living at the Kansas City Zoo. Tuesday night, the Wood family took the first steps towards getting their pet back home.
"We really want him back; we miss him dearly," said Emily Wood, the owner of Noah. "We meant no harm. He's just a part of the family."
Emily and her father James addressed the Platte City Public Safety Committee, hoping to get an exemption to keep Noah until a more permanent solution can be found.
"You look at people and you know how much love and affection they have for their animal, and you want to try and figure out something you can do," said DJ Gehrt, city administrator. "You still have to weigh and balance that against the long-term safety concerns of the community as a whole."
But there is no temporary fix.
The committee told the Woods they were still in the information gathering stages of deciding if a wallaby can be kept in city limits.
"If the council takes a look at what the animal is all about, and how well it's trained, we should definitely have no problems giving it back," said Chad Weaver, a friend of the family.
"It's their pet, they love him like family," Andrew Weaver added. "They've had him since he was a baby. All their pets are family and I don't see any reason he should be treated any differently."
Once the Public Safety Committee reaches a decision on amending the existing law that does not allow exotic animals, they will forward that recommendation to the full Board of Alderman.
That decision won't come until January at the earliest.
Click here to read about the strange 911 call for police on Thanksgiving, as they were on the hunt for wallaby.
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