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An eastern grey kangaroo hops along a hill side in the Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve, 120km (74 miles) south west of Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

Here's why a kangaroo was caught on camera hopping down a street in Detroit


Here's your WTF moment of the day... Brought to by the streets of Detroit. 

After the kangaroo video went viral, the questions surrounding the surreal incident came flooding in. Who in the world (in Detroit, of all places) owns a kangaroo and casually walks it down a street? 

A local news station tracked down the individual and now the kangaroo mystery is solved. The owner of the animal is Javon Stacksuns and he runs a company that specializes in bringing exotic animals to schools, libraries, and kids' parties. The company, 'Exotic Animals, is based in Michigan and travels throughout the midwest. 

You have many inner city kids, they don't have any transportation to the zoo, their parents don't have the finances.
Javon Stacks

Javon was displaying the kangaroo at a kids' party when he thought Darwin (the kangaroo's name) needed to stretch his legs. “There’s not a lot of space for a kangaroo to hop around inside so I brought him outside," he told CBS Detroit. "A picture is worth a thousand words.”

However, criticism of the incident came sharply from the local Detroit Zoo soon after the video was shared. "Unfortunately, this kangaroo likely was acquired through the exotic pet trade,” Patricia Janeway, a spokeswoman from the zoo said. She also added that the moment is an opportunity to educate the public on the illegal exotic animal trades that occur around the world.  

According to the World Wildlife Fund, the exchange of exotic animals and their body parts (elephant tusks and rhino horns, for example) are one of major factors that lead to endangering certain animal species. 

CBS Detroit  contributed to this report. 

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