Comedian Accused of Animal Cruelty After Bringing Leashed Kangaroo on Stage

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Published: May 27, 2017

A comedian has copped backlash after he brought a kangaroo on a leash on stage and danced with it on April 1.

Mike Epps, who starred in <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1119646" target="_blank">The Hangover</a>, brought the kangaroo out during the Festival of Laughs tour in Detroit, Michigan. Fans said the marsupial looked distressed and considered it animal abuse. <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2017/04/02/mike-epps-kangaroo-animal-abuse-claims/" target="_blank"><span class="caps">TMZ</span> reported</a> the kangaroo was subject to an investigation about whether it was legally acquired. The animal’s handler told <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2017/03/kangaroo_detroit.html" target="_blank">MLive.com before the Epps show</a> that the kangaroo was part of an educational animal show, which has been in business for a decade.

<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BSZ-U9Wh2Sc/" target="_blank">Epps apologized on Instagram</a> and pledged to donate money to a foundation to “save the kangaroos.” It’s worth noting the kangaroo, despite being a national symbol, holds a <a href="http://www.environment.gov.au/node/16678" target="_blank">pest status in parts of Australia</a>.

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