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Family Fighting to Keep Unusual Pet For Special Needs Daughter

Family Fighting to Keep Unusual Pet For Special Needs Daughter

Jeni and Nick Dreis, a couple in Texas, are fighting to keep a beloved member of their family, their baby kangaroo Mike. Mike has been with the family for a month and is closest to the Dreis' 16-year-old daughter Kayla, who has Down syndrome. 

On February 20th the family was shocked to receive a letter from their homeowner's association demanding they immediately remove the kangaroo from their property. But the family insists that Mike is no different than any other pet. Mike currently only weighs 10 pounds and is almost entirely an indoor pet, spending a few minutes each day in the family's yard, which is surrounded by a 5-foot fence.

The family plans to keep Mike for one year, after which he will live at a wildlife park run by Texas Downs. The couple started this wildlife preserve, organic farm, and education center to enrich the lives of children like Kayla by offering them academic and life skills classes, social programs, and vocational training. 

When asked how she would feel is she were to lose Mike, Kayla responded, "I would cry."

Read the full story at Daily Mail.

Are any of your kids especially close to the family pet?

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