Petting zoo kangaroo killed in Shawano County hit-and-run

SHAWANO COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - Shawano County deputies are investigating a hit-and-run crash that killed a kangaroo.

Photo: Rita Mondus

On Tuesday, at about 7:30 p.m., deputies were called to Porter Rd near the intersection with Valley Rd in the Town of Waukechon.

Lulu the kangaroo, a domesticated animal, had gone missing from her Bonduel home a few days prior to the crash.

Owner Rita Mondus brings Lulu and other animals from her petting zoo home during the winter months. On Sunday, the six-month-old red kangaroo jumped a backyard fence and escaped.

On Tuesday, a husband and wife who are friends of Mondus spotted Lulu near the intersection and tried to get her to come closer.

"They were the ones that seen her, got out of the car and called, 'Lulu, Lulu,' and she recognized the friendly voice and ran right to him," Mondus says.

That's when a late model truck approached from the east on Porter Rd.
The man waved his arms to try to get the driver's attention but was unsuccessful. The driver's side mirror hit the man in the chest and the truck ran over his left foot. The driver also struck Lulu, killing the kanagaroo.

The man said the driver of the truck stopped a distance down the road and said, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry." The driver left the scene.

The man's injuries were minor. His wife held onto Lulu.

"She died in her arms, then they brought her to me at the restaurant and it was just sad," Mondus says.

The driver is described as a woman in her mid-20s. She's 5'5"-5'7" tall. She was wearing glasses. She has shoulder-length hair.

If you know anything about the hit-and-run crash, call the Shawano County Sheriff's Office.

The Mondus family owns Anello's Torch Lite in Shawano. Lulu was part of the petting zoo there.

Lulu became a beloved member of the Mondus family.

Rita says children in the community came to the petting zoo to bottle-feed Lulu.

"They truly become a part of your family, when you raise something from say almost infancy and you bottle feed it four-to-five times a day, you get up in the middle of the night and you feed them, it becomes part of your family," Mondus says.

A GoFundMe has been set up for medical expenses for the man who was hit and to get a new kangaroo for Cuddly Acres. Click here to donate.

Photo: Rita Mondus
Photo: Rita Mondus