News ID: 109750
Published: 0341 GMT January 19, 2015

Meet the dog who thinks she's a kangaroo

Meet the dog who thinks she's a kangaroo

You would be forgiven for thinking that dogs and kangaroos have little in common.

But not so Roo, the five-month-old puppy who bounces around on her hind legs and is more often than not mistaken for a kangaroo.

The black and white dog, believed to be a cross between a Colllie and a Whippet, was rescued when she was just a few weeks old from Craiova, Romania last year, reported.

She is thought to have been born with one front leg missing and suffered the traumatic loss of the other soon after birth, possibly being chewed off by another dog.

By the time she was found by British animal charity Safe Rescue For Dogs and bought over to their headquarters in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, aged 16 weeks, she had already learned to hop and bounce around on her hind legs, leading to her new nickname, Roo.

Nikki Dick, a 50-year-old nurse and her husband Ian Dick, a 52-year-old firefighter from Morpeth, Northumberland said the “fell in love” with Roo after adopting her last December.

“Roo doesn’t know any different to hopping on her two back legs but she still laps up all the fuss from people who always stop and do a double take when they see her because they think she is a kangaroo,” Dick said.

“At first glance she really does look like a kangaroo and even stands up on her back legs and hops along too.

"She’s perfectly happy and pain free and vets are very happy with her progress.

“We’ve fallen in love with her, how could you not? She’s such a little star.”

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