The story behind the kangaroo in McDonald’s

We all had a good chuckle in the last 24 hours about the McDonald’s in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin that kicked a woman out for bringing a kangaroo into the restaurant. It’s just Wisconsin being Wisconsin and all.

Maybe there’s more to the story.

The Beaver Dam Daily Citizen’s story certainly suggests so.

First of all, the woman — Diana Moyer — has been to the McDonald’s with Jimmy before. They’ve been to the movies together. They go to the mall.

And when Jimmy traveled, he got strapped into a car seat.

Only now is Jimmy becoming an issue in the town.

She describes Jimmy as a support or therapy animal. According to her, a support animal is similar to a service animal, but a support animal does not have a specific task. She didn’t want to go into detail, but she said she is disabled and visits a doctor in Madison who approved of the use of a support/therapy animal. She declined to share the doctor’s name.

Jimmy is the youngest of her current five kangaroos. There are also Perry, 2, Anna, 3, Ruby, 5, and Charles, 7. Ruby and Charles are the mother and father of Perry and Anna.

Moyer transported the kangaroos to Wisconsin after purchasing them from a livestock market called Lolli Bros. in Missouri. She purchased her kangaroos as babies and said a female kangaroo costs $1,000 and a male kangaroo costs $2,000. The Lolli Bros. website lists “alternative livestock” such as elk, llamas, camels, zebra, bison and many other animals.

Why kangaroos? “It just happened,” she said.