FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. (CBS Local) — A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper hopped into action to reunite an escaped kangaroo with its owner Monday night. Trooper Huntley H. Hoemann said he thought the initial call about a kangaroo hopping down a rural road in Franklin County was a joke.

“I got a call from someone who saw a roo hopping down the road. I didn’t believe it at first,” he told WDAF.

Hoemann was able to find the kangaroo and return him safely to his owner.

The kangaroo is an emotional support animal, according to Hoemann. The owner said it had escaped from her outside gate.

“It was just funny,” he said. “I never thought I would have to chase a kangaroo.”