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How to Own a Pet Wallaroo

A wallaroo falls in size somewhere between a wallaby and a kangaroo. In fact, the three are closely related species in the macropod family. While not your average pet, a wallaroo provides an affectionate companion. Before you rush out to purchase a wallaroo, you should learn as much as you can about the animal. Read on to learn more.

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  1. Check your local laws and regulations regarding exotic pets before you buy a wallaroo. If your city allows you to own a pet wallaroo, you will most likely have to get a permit from the city, county or state wildlife board. Renew your permits according to the terms of your jurisdiction.

  2. Provide adequate space for your pet wallaroo. You will need a large, outdoor corral that has a shelter to protect your pet from the elements. Heat the shelter if you live in a cold environment and make sure the fences are tall enough to keep your wallaroo from hopping over.

  3. Expect to spend the first few months nursing your new wallaroo every 2 to 3 hours. Unless you buy an adult pet, you must bottle feed the wallaroo using special formula mixed with distilled water. A strong bond will form between you and your pet as you bottle feed your joey (baby wallaroo).

  4. Feed your wallaroo a well rounded diet, offering shrubs, bushes and hay for grazing. A constant supply of commercial pellet food guarantees your pet wallaroo is receiving proper nutrition.

  5. Teach your wallaroo the word "no." Just like a dog, a wallaroo can be trained to learn what is wrong with a forceful "no." Never physically punish your pet.

  6. Make your wallaroo part of your family. If you plan to own a wallaroo, you should also plan to treat it well. Wallaroos are social creatures who crave attention, and should not be left alone for extended periods.

  7. Tip

    Attend a Macropod (kangaroo, wallaroo, wallaby, etc.) convention to learn more about owning a wallaroo and meet other pet owners and breeders. Give your wallaby proper care and you can expect it to live for 15 to 20 years. Find a vet that can handle a wallaroo before an emergency arises.


    Expect to pay more for a female wallaroo than a male one. Adult wallaroos can be vicious animals in the wild. Socialize your pet from an early age to avoid behavior problems later in life.

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Things You'll Need

  • Large, fenced area
  • Wallaroo food
  • Heated shelter

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