Monkey in cage, hopping wallabies found at Mich. home

Kalamazoo Gazette

Mottville Township, Mich. — Investigators discovered exotic animals living in foul conditions at a house in southwest Michigan, including an aggressive monkey in a cage and wallabies hopping around.

An albino wallaby looks out from the front door at a home on Barker Road in Mottville Township after authorities discovered exotic animals living in foul conditions.

St. Joseph County animal control officers were working with a Battle Creek-area zoo to remove and assess the animals Friday in Mottville Township, 40 miles south of Kalamazoo.

The animals included an albino wallaby, the Kalamazoo Gazette reported. Wallabies sometimes are mistakenly identified as kangaroos.

Two people were charged with animal abandonment and cruelty. Sheriff Bradley Balk said the pair may have formerly operated an exotic animal shop, first in Granger, Indiana, and then in Elkhart, Indiana.

Balk said the house had a “nasty” smell.

St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department and Animal Control officers worked with Binder Park Zoo to remove exotic animals from a home on Barker Road in Mottville Township.