The Bizarre Animal You Can Own in Idaho But Not in Many States
Each state has different rules, laws, and regulations. Some states have legal weed, while others don't. In some the max speed is 70 miles per hour, but in others, like Idaho, it is 80. Each state plays by its own rules, and this is why some states are awesome to live in, and others aren't as fun. One rule that is hit and misses in every state is when it comes to owning animals. Some animals are banned in certain places, whereas others may be legal to own. Idaho is a state where it is legal to own a certain animal, that many states do not allow, but there are some rules and regulations to make owning this animal a reality.
How to Own a Kangaroo in Idaho
Idaho is one of the few states that allows people to own a certain exotic animal, but there are a few guidelines to do so. If the picture and the headline of the paragraph weren't obvious enough, Idaho is one of 13 states you can own a kangaroo in. 37 States make it entirely illegal to own one, 3 states you can own one outright which are Wisconsin, West Virginia, and South Carolina, and in the other 10, which is where Idaho falls, you must have a permit to own the kangaroo. You can click on the link to fill out an application for a permit, but you must also call Animal Industries at 208-332-8540. There are more steps required if you are importing the animal, which would mean more paperwork. The step to own and the step to import and two entirely different steps.
Benefits of Owning a Kangaroo in Idaho
You might be asking yourself, why would I want to own a kangaroo in Idaho? The better question is, why not? Owning a kangaroo would be an awesome experience, and an animal not many you know own. You could teach it to box and become your bodyguard. You could use it to hide or carry things for you in your pouch. You could use it to carry your young children on family walks in its pouch as you take your kangaroo for a walk around the neighborhood. While you might be like me and think that a kangaroo would cost far too much money to own, the price isn't as bad as you think. You can get a kangaroo for less than $5,000 in Texas. You would have to drive down and pick it up and drive it back, but the cost isn't that bad. This would save you money and time without having to import the animal. You can search here, and try to find the perfect one for you and your family.
While it is possible, getting a permit approved and finding a kangaroo to own as a pet in your backyard is highly unlikely. The thought of owning a boxing kangaroo is fun in theory, but the reality is a little tougher to come by. If you are serious about owning one someday, work on getting the permit first, before purchasing an animal you may have problems returning or finding an owner for. For now, owning a kangaroo will remain on my wish list, but knowing it is possible, gives me hope.