Rare Tree Kangaroo Killed in Fall at the Lincoln Children's Zoo in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb., Sept. 23 (UPI) — Zookeepers at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo in Lincoln, Neb., say a rare tree kangaroo suffered fatal injuries in a recent fall.

KETV of Omaha, Neb., reported Tuesday the 10-month old Matschie’s tree kangaroo named Kuna fell from a high perch at a Children’s Zoo exhibit Monday and hit its head on a branch before landing on the exhibit floor.

Zoo President John Chapo said the kangaroo was immediately taken to a veterinary hospital, where it died.

The kangaroo was part of a set of twins that earned international attention after being born last December, KETV reported. They were the first documented set of twin Matschie’s tree kangaroos.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources considers Matschie’s tree kangaroos to be as endangered as giant pandas, KETV said.

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